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Old 10-28-2011, 01:56 PM   #1
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Default 5 Gallon Batch - Do You Upsize for Loss?

When building a 5 gallon recipe (or 10 gallon), do you upsize the target size to account for loss?

Do you target 5.25 gallons as the batch size to get somewhere near 5 gallons in the fermenter?

I've been sizing my recipes for 5.25 gallons and typically use a 1500 to 1800 ML starter.

I am curious what others are doing.

When puchasing kits, the batch is always 5 gallons, no more. This means less into the fermenter due to loss.

What do you do?

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Old 10-28-2011, 02:03 PM   #2
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I do 6 gallon batches and fill a keg and a few bottles, depending on how much loss happens from hops/trub. When I want two kegs I do 11 gallons.

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Old 10-28-2011, 02:12 PM   #3
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I target 5 to 5.25 gallons going into the fermentor, and use Beersmith to calculate my boil volume accordingly. This usually gives me 4.75 to 5 gallons going into the keg.

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Old 10-28-2011, 03:04 PM   #4
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If I am going to secondary, I make 5.5 gallon batches (I tend to lose half a gallon to trub). If I'm not going to secondary, I don't bother.

If you want a 5.5 gallon batch, just add a little bit of DME. Or just work on getting excellent efficiency.

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Old 10-28-2011, 03:09 PM   #5
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Yes. 5.5 end of boil ~ 5 in the keg.

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Old 10-28-2011, 04:36 PM   #6
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So is your target size 5.5 gallons or 5? I'm talking about brewing software.

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5.5. You have 5.5 gallons of beer when all is said and done, but half a gallon of it is dormant yeast, proteins, spent hops, etc that you don't want in your keg/carboy.

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5.5 including starter which means that I calculate at 5.25 and end up right at 5.

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I target 5.5 using my brewing calculator. I'll end up with 5.5 going into the fermenter, and come away with ~5 gallons of clean beer in the keg.

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I target 5.5 gallons to account for loss during racking, dryhopping, ect.

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