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Old 03-01-2012, 10:33 PM   #1
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Just starting out and am looking for a good starter recipe and working with a 3 gal carboy, any help would be appreciated

 
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:44 PM   #2
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Beersmith is your friend. If you can afford it at all, I'd suggest it. There's probably free software that can scale recipes too, though I don't know any offhand. I do half batches due to size constraints, and I just take whatever recipe is formulated for 5 or 10 gallons and scale it with Beersmith. I target just over 2.5 gallons in my 3 gallon Better Bottle plastic carboy, sometimes more, sometimes less depending on how vigorous I expect fermentation to be.

 
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Old 03-02-2012, 01:11 AM   #3
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cider + yeast . . . best recipe yet

 
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:34 AM   #4
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Beersmith is great - but if you have basic math skills, you can convert the recipes with pen and paper in about a solid minute. The only difference is the yeast, which doesn't change a whole lot. Knock off a chunk for a gallon recipe, but 3-5 gallons can do the whole bit. Some people get down to the billions of yeast particles per millimeter - and that's great - but this rough estimate hasn't failed me yet.

 
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:18 AM   #5
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cider + yeast . . . best recipe yet
Classic, all my best ciders have been based on this with only minor variations.
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Old 03-02-2012, 05:49 AM   #6
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Most 5 gallon batches seem to use a 5g packet of yeast, so using about 3/5 of a packet for 3 gallons should work. I did this with my first batch - just kinda eyeballed it to use a "little over half" of the yeast, and it was all good.
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Classic, all my best ciders have been based on this with only minor variations.
only variation I use it I throw some wood into the carboy while I wait for the yeast to settle out

 
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:30 PM   #8
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Most 5 gallon batches seem to use a 5g packet of yeast, so using about 3/5 of a packet for 3 gallons should work. I did this with my first batch - just kinda eyeballed it to use a "little over half" of the yeast, and it was all good.
Normally, a 5 gram package is used for 1-6 gallons of cider.
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:11 PM   #9
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Thats what I was curious about mostly was scaling down the yeast, thanks alot guys

 
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Old 03-03-2012, 01:55 PM   #10
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Why scale back on the yeast? Are you going to save the unused portion for something?
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