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Old 01-08-2009, 06:58 PM   #1
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Any tips on coverting a 5 gallon extract recipe to a 2 gallon version?

I have a few small carboy I bought used locally and would like to use them to make a few 2 gallon batches.
I have a bunch of 5 gallon recipes I'm willing to try, I just need to converted to 2 gallon versions.
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try downloading Beersmith it has a tool that you can use to scale recipes and even convert to all grain or PM brews

it my be one of you better brewing investments !!!
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Maybe I'm missing something here, but wouldn't you just need to use 40% of the ingredients for 5 gallon batches?
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Maybe I'm missing something here, but wouldn't you just need to use 40% of the ingredients for 5 gallon batches?
That's what I intended on doing but wasn't sure if there's other stuff I should keep in mind in case it isn't that simple.
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try downloading Beersmith it has a tool that you can use to scale recipes and even convert to all grain or PM brews

it my be one of you better brewing investments !!!
I'd love to try it but there isn't a Mac version available. At least not yet.
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look here they have a few option for PC software on a MAC
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Don't convert to 2 gallons, do what many of us do and brew 2.5 gallons...it's obviously easier to cut the ingredients in half...and 2.5 gallons is one case of beer...I have put a lot of info on here myself about brewing 2.5 gallon AG batches on my stove, including using the mr beer keg for a fermenter...look in the mr beer sticky, and als search "small batch brewing" or "2.5 gallons" if you use the advance search, and look for posts by me with those key words, you will find a lot of info...

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Don't convert to 2 gallons, do what many of us do and brew 2.5 gallons...it's obviously easier to cut the ingredients in half...and 2.5 gallons is one case of beer...I have put a lot of info on here myself about brewing 2.5 gallon AG batches on my stove, including using the mr beer keg for a fermenter...look in the mr beer sticky, and als search "small batch brewing" or "2.5 gallons" if you use the advance search, and look for posts by me with those key words, you will find a lot of info...

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Thanks for the info.
I'll try 2.5 gallons. My little carboys should be big enough. I'll test them with tap water to see exactly how much they hold.
I'll check out those threads for more info too.
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look here they have a few option for PC software on a MAC
Thanks for the info.
Unfortunately this would require me to purchase a copy of Windows which I can't justify. I've dabbled with BootCamp and VMWare with a friend's CD and it worked pretty well. Just can't justify the purchase of Windows.

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Brew 5 gallons and give away half.
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