Scaling a recipe

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  1. Herotaco

    Herotaco New Member

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    Total noob here :)
    Just fermenting my first batch now, and I’d like to start another, but the more I learn, the more questions I have ;).
    I have a standard brew kit, designed for the ol 5 gallon batch, but what if I wanted to make a smaller batch? Do beer recipes scale perfectly? If I wanted to reduce a 5 gallon recipe to, let’s say 2.5 gallons, would I just reduced all ingredients by half? Is it not as simple as that?
    Thanks!
     
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    Use the "scale" tool in the Recipe Builder. It isn't perfect but it's pretty darned good. And you're mostly right - about the only thing that dosen't scale linearly is water. For that, you'll have to halve everything, then add back half of the boil-off rate (the amount of water boiled off remains the same).
     
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    Herotaco New Member

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    Thanks Nosybear! Lots to learn, but I love it!
     
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    That is true, welcome. Don't be scared to screw up as long as you learn from it.
     
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    Scaling is pretty proportional. Go for it.
     

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