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Doubling batch size by diluting wort in fermenter?

This has been done before. Essentially you are brewing a high gravity wort and diluting it. I understand some large breweries do the same. This article from More Beer has some thoughts on it. They ...
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Doubling batch size by diluting wort in fermenter?

High gravity brewing is a technique used by the giant macro brewers of adjunct american lager. They'll brew a high gravity wort, and add water in the fermenters. I first heard this from Mitch Steele ...
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How do you take ingredients from a brewer's website and make a recipe

It's impossible to look at a beers ingredient list and derive an exact recipe from it. You have to go through a process of trial and error, using any information you can get from the manufacturer ...
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Doubling batch size by diluting wort in fermenter?

This is something that is commonly done, and I have done it myself many times. A lot of extract recipes call for a partial boil with water added to make the final volume. The main thing you need to ...
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Doubling a mead recipe

Dry yeast packets are generally enough for 3-6 gallons. So with 1 gallon, about 1/4 of one pack is plenty for a commercial dried yeast such as Danstar Lallemand Nottingham Ale yeast. And you most ...
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Newbie... Question on halving a recipe

Yes you can do that. I'm a newbie too and have been doing this myself, because I can only boil enough for a 10L brew. A couple of bits of advice I would offer are firstly that the dried yeast packs ...
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If you make wine in higher quantities, is there a higher chance of contamination?

No, the process is the same. If you sanitize everything correctly, you do not have more chances of spoilage, it will only take more time to rack and bottle. Make sure you have the right size ...
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Adjusting beer recipes to smaller batches

I use Brewtarget, which has a scale feature, which works up or down. I use to scale down 5 gal batches down to 1 gal. It is also open source(free), and works on linux or Windows.....I have both and ...
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How to adjust recipes for high mash / sparge efficiency?

If your brewhouse consitantly achieves 95% just use that setting in your recipe/brew software and it will cascade to the grains allowing you to reduce their wieghts to hit a target OG. This will ...
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Input on recipe idea (are my calculations correct)

As a general suggestion on recipe formulation, this would be a good starting point: http://homebrewmanual.com/home-brewing-calculations/
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Can scaling down a recipes grain bill lead to increased mash efficiency in a smaller pot while maintaining the same final batch size?

Yes It's much easier to apply high efficiency methods in smaller volumes. The biggest gain will be from being able to crush grains to near flour gauges. Allowing much more of the endosperm to have ...
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Doubling a mead recipe

As a general rule, when you are re-sizing recipes you want to keep all ingredients in basically the same proportions. This includes the number of yeast cells. If you do not double the yeast, you will ...
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How to correctly adjust hops for different alpha acid content

tl;dr version: yes, you are right, there are seasonal variations in a hop's aromatic qualities, and AA variations which necessitate adjusting the quantity of a given hop addition gives rise to even ...
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How to correctly adjust hops for different alpha acid content

It does apply if the aroma hops have any time or above 175°. Then they will contribute to the isomerized alpha-acid IBU. That said, beer can be made more bitter with a lot of dry hops. But it's not ...
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Scaling a recipe for bad efficiency

Yes you scan scale and adjust your recipe to fit your brewhouse efficiency. Programs and apps do this very easily. One simple free Android app is BrewR. I think you would benifiet more from fixing ...
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Brewer's Friend one gallon equipment profile

The equipment profile is just used for your Efficiency calculations. Mash efficiency and brew house efficiency. These really have little to do with scaling down a recipe. The only concern would be ...
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Can I all grain brew 20 litre lager batch using 12 litre pot and same 4.3 kg grain bill?

You just had very poor mash efficiency. All the causes and solutions have been covered in other Q&A here. When done correctly you should be able to easily produce 10l of 1.096 wort post boil and ...
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Doubling batch size by diluting wort in fermenter?

Liquoring back can also be used to control the OG in your brews if you have overshot your FG then adding a little liquor to the finished wort is a widely accepted practice. To expand the volume I ...
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How do you take ingredients from a brewer's website and make a recipe

As the other answers say, you can go off the experience of others and use trial and error to dial in a recipe. I agree with them, but I also highly recommend Ray Daniel's "Designing Great Beers" for ...
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How do you take ingredients from a brewer's website and make a recipe

Short answer: No. There is no way to just look at a list of ingredients, with no quantities, and with great accuracy know how the beer is made, or what those quantities are. The best you can do is ...
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Scale down An extract beer kit

Well you could reduce all ingredients by 34% to scale the batch, but once you open extract it needs to be used asap. If you have the boil capacity, I would brew the whole batch, ferment what you can,...
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How is the conversion of raisin to tannin and acid?

I have always used black tea stewed for about 30-45 min, and used as my about half of my brewing water, if you want to try with raisins have a look here: http://www.westchesterwinemakers.com/2013/05/...
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Adjusting beer recipes to smaller batches

Brewtoad allows you to set the batch size when you're creating or editing recipes. It's not the greatest set of tools, and I find it lacking when it comes to its utility on brewday. With that said it'...
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Bitter orange and scaling

If you're scaling everything else linearly, you want to do the same with the orange peel, too.
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Mash & Sparge Calculation

Forget the calculators...it's easier to do it empirically. And a couple of misconceptions...you don't necessarily need to boil pils malt for 90 min. I never do more than 70 (10 min, for hot break, ...
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