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Old 05-02-2012, 01:07 AM   #1
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I want to scale down a 5 gallon recipe to 2.5 gallons. I was wondering if I should do a full boil of the full 2.5 gallons? Beersmith scales the boil size to 1.33 gallons and then says to top off in the fermentor. I have no reason to doubt Beersmith but if I have the capacity for a full boil why not go that route? Thoughts?

I am experimenting with hops and wanted a smaller batch size.

 
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Old 05-02-2012, 01:51 AM   #2
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I would suggest doing a full boil because you will get better hop utilization. Of course, if you don't do a full boil, you can add more bittering hops to make up for it. But, then you may have issues of a darker brew.

 
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Old 05-02-2012, 01:58 AM   #3
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Ok, Should I go into beersmith and change the boil volume to 2.5 gallons then? so I get the right Bitterness level?

 
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Old 05-02-2012, 04:31 PM   #4
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Ok, Should I go into beersmith and change the boil volume to 2.5 gallons then? so I get the right Bitterness level?
Yeah, that sounds right (I use pro-mash and beer tools).
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