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gtsmith1:
So I've been yielding less than 5 gallons out of the last 2 batches I've produced.  In the end I have
figured I just need to add more water during my mashing and sparging processes.  However, I now
have a 2-2.5 gallon batch of a belgian pale ale that is currently ready for bottling.

What I'm wondering is if I need to cut the amount of priming sugar solution I would use in half
since I have half of what the normal batch should be.  Wouldn't this help prevent exploding
bottles?  I figured if I used the amount of priming sugar for a 5  gallon batch it would be too much.

Thanks,

denny:

--- Quote from: gtsmith1 on March 27, 2010, 10:47:23 AM ---What I'm wondering is if I need to cut the amount of priming sugar solution I would use in half
since I have half of what the normal batch should be.  Wouldn't this help prevent exploding
bottles?  I figured if I used the amount of priming sugar for a 5  gallon batch it would be too much.

Thanks,

--- End quote ---

You're correct...use 1/2 as much sugar for a 1/2 size batch.

euge:

--- Quote from: gtsmith1 on March 27, 2010, 10:47:23 AM ---So I've been yielding less than 5 gallons out of the last 2 batches I've produced.  In the end I have
figured I just need to add more water during my mashing and sparging processes.  However, I now
have a 2-2.5 gallon batch of a belgian pale ale that is currently ready for bottling.

What I'm wondering is if I need to cut the amount of priming sugar solution I would use in half
since I have half of what the normal batch should be.  Wouldn't this help prevent exploding
bottles?  I figured if I used the amount of priming sugar for a 5  gallon batch it would be too much.

Thanks,

--- End quote ---

Correct!

gtsmith1:
Awesome.  Thanks!

enso:
There are a number of priming rate calculators online that will help you dial in the correct amount of sugar to use at any volume.  They also account for the amount of residual CO2 already in solution from fermentation.  Here is one example:

http://www.tastybrew.com/calculators/priming.html

Definitely do not use 1 lb of sugar as a friend of mine just told me he did for a 5 gallon batch!!!

 :o :o :o

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