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Old 12-21-2007, 07:37 PM   #1
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OK, so something sort of perplexes me about recipe formulation. Are most recipe's written to give you 5gallons in the primary? Not taking into consideration trub loss? I'd really like to get 5 drinkable gallons everytime I brew. Do I need to adjust a majority of recipes to 5.5 gallons or even 6?


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Old 12-21-2007, 07:40 PM   #2
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A 5 gallon recipe is suppose to give you 5 gallons drinkable.

It can be tricky when looking at recipes if the person did not specify full boil or partial and top off.

I start with 6+ to end up with 5 gallons for the primary.



 
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Old 12-21-2007, 07:41 PM   #3
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I aim for 5.5 in the primary and usually end up with around 5 drinkable.
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Old 12-21-2007, 07:47 PM   #4
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I aim for 5.5 in the primary and usually end up with around 5 drinkable.
I think most recipes that say 5 gallons are aimed at ending with 5 gallons in the primary.

I usually shoot to have 5.5 gallons in the kettle at the end, and transfer about 5.25 or so to the primary.

So I adjust recipes accordingly.

 
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Old 12-21-2007, 07:49 PM   #5
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I usually shoot to have 5.5 gallons in the kettle at the end, and transfer about 5.25 or so to the primary.

So I adjust recipes accordingly.
And how exactly do I do this in Beersmith? I can't seem to figure out how to just adjust the batch size and have it adjust my ingredients? Is this possible?
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Old 12-21-2007, 07:51 PM   #6
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5.5 gallons in the primary.

I use Beersmith and plug in the 5.5 gallons (or in my case, 11 gallons for my 10-gallon batches) and then I'm assured that I'm not futsing around with the recipe.

 
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Old 12-21-2007, 08:23 PM   #7
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Above your recipe is a few buttons (add to inventory, add to list, convert, SCALE, etc).

Press scale and adjust your recipe down/up to your required amount. Be aware that it will end up doing just the math and come out often with 3.16 pounds of something that might not be easy to measure. I usually go back and try to trim it to the nearest 1/8 or 1/4 pound and hope it doesn't change too much in the end (which it usually doesnt).
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Old 12-21-2007, 08:25 PM   #8
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5.25 to 5.5 top off in the primary...
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Old 12-21-2007, 08:43 PM   #9
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And if you use a lot of leaf hops in the kettle and fermentor (like a pound), you need to account for that. I have lost over 1 gallon just that way.....

 
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Old 12-21-2007, 08:54 PM   #10
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My recipes are UK gallons and will give~5US gallons in the keg.


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