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Old 01-04-2013, 03:47 PM   #1
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Default Recipe Tweaking - how to???

Hi All,

I'm looking at tweaking a recipe I currently have. I want to brew the recipe (5 gallons of stout), but want to bring down the alcohol in the original by just a bit. If the original recipe has three grains (i.e. 80% base, 15% specialty #1, 5% speciatly #2), is it as simple as reducing the overall amount, but keeping the percentages lined up?

Hoping this makes sense, thanks!


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Old 01-04-2013, 04:36 PM   #2
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Yes, reduce your overall grain amounts, but keep the percentages the same.


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Your other option is to just drop the base malt until you're at your target gravity/abv. Neither option is wrong, but they'll give you slightly different results. Just remember to lower the hops too. Or you could leave all the ingredients the same, and just add water.
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Awesome, thanks!
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mbosco- use some online brewing calculators to get your numbers dialed in-
Hopville's Beer Calculus is useful: http://beercalculus.hopville.com/recipe
Or TastyBrew is a little less resource intense: http://www.tastybrew.com/calculators/recipe.html
Remember to set your batch size to 5.5 gallons if you like to make a little extra to offset trub removal when racking or bottling.
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If you're reducing "just a little bit" for simplicity I would just drop the basemalt. If you're really shaving off gravity points I'd reduce as a percentage and maybe add less hops.


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