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How to adapt the Wine Kit for my smaller batch size?

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    Casey

    Thank you for contacting us with your query about dividing your French Cab wine kit into smaller batches.
     
    Dividing a 6-gallon kit into smaller batches, such as 2 gallons, requires careful measurement to ensure the correct proportions of ingredients. Here's a general guideline to help you:
     

    1. Ingredient Division: Since you're aiming for a 2-gallon batch from a 6-gallon kit, you'll need to divide each ingredient into thirds. For example, if the kit includes a packet of yeast sufficient for 6 gallons, you would use one-third of it for your 2-gallon batch.
    2. Measuring Liquids: For liquid ingredients, use a kitchen scale or measuring jug to divide them into thirds.
    3. Equipment Considerations: Since you don’t have a 6-gallon fermenter, ensure that your 2-gallon fermenter has enough space to allow for fermentation activity without overflowing. Leave some space at the top to avoid spillage.
    4. Fermentation and Aging: Follow the same fermentation and aging process as you would for a 6-gallon batch, but be aware that smaller batches can sometimes ferment a bit faster.
    5. Sanitation: Ensure all your equipment is thoroughly sanitized before use to prevent any contamination.

    Please note that dividing kits is only sometimes an exact science, and slight variations can occur. If you have any specific questions about the ingredients in your French Cab kit or need further assistance, feel free to reach out.
     

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