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Old 09-13-2007, 08:07 PM   #1
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Just a quick question....After I have transfered from the primary(a full 5 gal.) to my secondary(now less than 5 gal.) can I top this off so it is back to 5 full gallons? In the process of transfer, being that there is sediment at the bottom, obviously you lose amount of brew, and same for carboy to bottling bucket. I don't want to lose flavor or have a watered down brew because I wanted to get more quantity. thanks!

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Old 09-13-2007, 08:08 PM   #2
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The only way to increase final yeild without effecting flavor or body is to increase your pre ferment qty.

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Old 09-13-2007, 08:09 PM   #3
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No, do not top off your beer. Just brew a bigger batch next time.

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Old 09-13-2007, 08:09 PM   #4
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You can top off if you want, but you will definitely be watering down your beer and changing the flavour. For me I never bother, I'd rather have a lesser amount of good beer than more of an average beer. You can try making slightly larger batches to account for the loss along the way (I think a lot of guys make 5.5G batches for example).

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Old 09-13-2007, 08:09 PM   #5
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You will get a lower gravity less tasty brew from doing this. It depends whether volume of body/taste is more important to you.

There is nothing wrong with a lower gravity brew if it fits the style you are after.

I personally would not be worried about the reduced volume.

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Old 09-13-2007, 08:10 PM   #6
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You don't want to add water now- you'll just water down your beer. I usually make 5.25 gallons in the primary and then have 5 gallons in the secondary. Still, I lose some to trub at times. I just settle for a little less beer that tastes great rather than worrying about the yield. I still might get 48 bottles of a batch, so that's fine with me!

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Old 09-13-2007, 10:00 PM   #7
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I agree with all above
Quality over Quantity

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Old 09-13-2007, 11:33 PM   #8
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Old 09-14-2007, 08:36 AM   #9
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yea just buy a 6.5 fermenter

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