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Old 11-25-2008, 05:22 PM   #1
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Default Help!-How to pitch extra wort in primary

Hello all, I would appreciate some help. I just brewed up a partial-mash IPA (partial-boil) and when I went to add the remaining pre-boiled water to top it up to 5 gal. I missed my mark and didn't add enough (no wonder my OG was 1.092). Now, after the blowoff tube and 10 days of VERY active fermentation (love a good starter) I'm at only slightly over 4 gallons in the primary (not to mention what I'll lose to the trub). I want to make a 2nd wort and add it to bring it up to 5 gal. I've never done this before so I don't know if my yeast will have enough gas in the tank to take on another pound of DME along with a new gallon of liquid. If anyone has any ideas here I would really love to hear them. I'd like to do this over the thanksgiving holiday weekend so I could let it sit in the primary another week before I rack to the secondary.

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Old 11-25-2008, 05:32 PM   #2
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I wouldn't do it! Let what you have finish, rack to sec or bottle. I wouldn't add a thing after the yeast started except hops, fruit, etc.
Be happy with 4 gal or good beer instead of risking having 5 gal of mediocre beer.

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Just leave the one you have now and you will yield less (although more potent) beer. Who knows, it may be delicious. Focus you efforts on the next batch.

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Thanks for the quick responses guys. I guess I have to agree with you that I should leave well enough alone an move on to the next. As it stands, I expect the beer to be MIGHTY good (read Imperial IPA goodness). I think it was the cost of the ingredients for this one that made me try and up my output. Those hop prices add up! I still have to dry hop this one with my Amarillo. I'll post how it turns out. Slainte!

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If you can figure out how much your ABV will be after adding water, it may be worth it to you. I had an IPA that attenuated really well, and the same problem as you. I added water and still had a 6.8% ABV. It was worth doing for the 10-12 more beers I prolly got out of it.

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you can add some cooled boiled water. Just rack it rather than pouring. If you started with .092 then you should have some room to play with it. I would not add any wort to the mix you don't need any more fermentables in there as your OG was so high

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i often top off with distilled water (boiled and cooled would work, too.) i usually do it in the keg, tho, after purging with co2.

definitely don't use anything with oxygen in it, purge if possible, and avoid splashing.

if you are using a secondary, you could do the same thing in that vessel.

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