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Old 12-30-2010, 02:33 PM   #1
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Hello all,

I was just wondering if I wanted to brew a 1/4 batch instead of a whole 5gallon batch of beer do I just cut all ingredients and still brew the recipe the same?

The reason behind this question is that I'm looking into a few new recipes and am not sure if I will like them or not. So as to minimize any waste (if there is any) I'm looking at brewing a 1/4 batch.

Thanks for your time with this.

 
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Old 12-30-2010, 03:28 PM   #2
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What type and volume of container are you planning to use for your fermentor?
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Old 12-30-2010, 04:10 PM   #3
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Yes, you can just scale it down. Still boil for 60 minutes, etc.

I suggest considering 1/2 batches rather than 1/4. You may find that the amount of lost wort does not scale down with batch size, so you'll lose a higher percentage with a smaller batch.

 
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Old 12-30-2010, 05:15 PM   #4
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Well for the container I would have to go out and buy a 2-3? gallon container to ferment in. I don't think my 5gallon carboy would do with a 1/4-1/2 batch. Any recommendations for container?

 
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:37 PM   #5
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I picked up a 3 gallon Better Bottle to use for my experimental half-batches. Great piece of equipment.
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:48 PM   #6
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There are also 3 gal glass carboys.

 
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Old 12-30-2010, 08:22 PM   #7
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OK Thanks guys! I'll have to take a look at both of those!

 
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