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Old 08-30-2007, 04:51 PM   #11
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I'm not sure about price comparison with other sites but if you shop around something similar to the intermediate with better bottles kit from will serve you very well.
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Old 08-30-2007, 05:10 PM   #12
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I would recommend looking at simple recipes and just reduce the ingredients. Smaller kits exist, but mainly in the Asian markets. You could also try can 'add sugar' kits and reduce the water volume instead of adding sugar.

The BYO issue is July-August 2007, but there is only one 'small' recipe in it.
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Old 08-30-2007, 05:16 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by udt89
how do brewers that distribute create new beers? do they really make large batches? seems like a waste.

For a large brewery, a 5 gallon batch would be a small batch for testing purposes.
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Old 08-30-2007, 05:47 PM   #14
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Just so happens that I have said BYO here at work.

To convert any size recipe to any other size, follow the following example for all ingredients:

9.0 ounces of crystal malt (5 gallon recipe)

To convert to a 3 gallon recipe (or whatever), take the 9.0 ounces times the batch size YOU WANT and divide by the batch size in the RECIPE.

i.e. -----> 9.0 x 3 gallons / 5 gallons = 5.4 ounces of crystal malt.

That be it.

You may want to think about the amount of water you are boiling, since now you will more than likely be doing full boils as compared to partial, your hop and malt schedule might be a little different.

One more thing, a tube or smack pack of yeast is just the right size for small batches, so no starter required!
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