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Old 03-08-2013, 06:07 AM   #1
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So I switched up my boiling method (1 pot instead of 2) and that has made life more difficult hitting OG's. For example, I just brewed a Maertzen striving for 1.054 and instead got 1.062. What does everyone do when they overshoot their OG? Should I top off, or just let it ride? I'm a bit worried with topping off incase of a crazy fermentation, also I already know my IBUs are fubard (.4 BU:GU instead of .5), but will topping off affect bitterness?

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Old 03-08-2013, 10:39 AM   #2
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You could top off to get to your gravity, and that would also affect your bitterness. However, I'd probably just leave it be.

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my plan for now is to keep moving forward and pitching tonight without topping off. Unless someone has a good reason to top off.

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.008 points won't be drastically noticeable. Your hop profile is where you wanted it, probably underhopped a tad due to gravity increase, in fact. Topping off will only further dilute the hops.

Of course technically you could boil water and hop it according to your recipe and that should work, too.

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By switching to 2 pots, you basically doubled your surface area so a little more boiloff is to be expected. You should just add some water pre-boil to compensate for the loss, or add cold top off water at the end. No big deal.

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By switching to 2 pots, you basically doubled your surface area so a little more boiloff is to be expected. You should just add some water pre-boil to compensate for the loss, or add cold top off water at the end. No big deal.
I read that he switched from 2 to 1 pot... Anyway, the higher OG will affect ABV more than flavor, wouldn't it? I am ok with that! lol
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Yeah I switched from 2 to 1. I didn't think I could boil 7 gallons on my stove in one pot so I split it into 2 pots with about 3/4 gallons in each. What was nice about boiling in 2 pots was that I could adjust how long I boiled the unhopped pot to hit my gravities better. The downside is it is 3 times as much cleaning, and it kinda overcomplicates whirpools or FWH.

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I'd leave it. If anything, the flavor will be bigger.

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