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Old 06-10-2014, 10:52 PM   #1
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Default What post boil volume do you shoot for to get 5 Gal into your keg/bottling bucket

I've had a few issues with dialing in the right post boil volume I need to net me 5 Gal to rack into my bottling bucket, seems I'm way under shooting it ie coming up with 4-4.5 Gal in my bottling bucket after racking. I know some loss is leaving wort in the fermenter and coming in low post boil as I leave in the bk more than expected due to hop gunk. I just upped my pre boil volume to 7 Gal which should net me 5.5 and between losing some to the bk, dry hopping and yeast cake I figure this should get me in the 5 Gal area, since I've only done 3 AG batches everything I do is still a work in progress. What volume do you shoot for that just about guarantees you'll have your desired amount either to bottle or keg.

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Old 06-10-2014, 10:59 PM   #2
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I usually shoot for 6 gallons in the primary, and 6.5 if I'm making an IPA. After racking to a secondary and then to the bottling bucket, I end up with right about 5 gallons in the bottles.

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I try to boil 7 to 7.25 gals then get 6 into the primary

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[QUOTE=olotti;6183928]I've had a few issues with dialing in the right post boil volume I need to net me 5 Gal to rack into my bottling bucket, seems I'm way under shooting it ie coming up with 4-4.5 Gal in my bottling bucket after racking. I know some loss is leaving wort in the fermenter and coming in low post boil as I leave in the bk more than expected due to hop gunk. I just upped my pre boil volume to 7 Gal which should net me 5.5 and between losing some to the bk, dry hopping and yeast cake I figure this should get me in the 5 Gal area, since I've only done 3 AG batches everything I do is still a work in progress. What volume do you shoot for that just about guarantees you'll have your desired amount either to bottle or keg.[/QUOTE]

About .5 gal more than my target net. Measure your "gunk", fermentor loss, line loss etc and add it to your formula. With 3 AG batches in, you're still dialing it in, measure take notes, brew, repeat.

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I leave 1 gallon in the boil kettle, and .5 gallon in the fermenter, so post boil, it's 1-1/2 gallons for me.

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I leave 1 gallon in the boil kettle, and .5 gallon in the fermenter, so post boil, it's 1-1/2 gallons for me.

Wow, why so much?

I shoot for 6 gallons post boil. .25 in the kettle . 25 left in the fermenter. I have some wiggle room.
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Will upping my pre boil volume say it calls for 6.5 but I want to go 7 or 7.5 change the final OG I'm targeting?????

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5.5 gallons into the bucket unless its a beer im dry hopping with whole leaf i add another .25 g to make up for hop absorption.

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Will upping my pre boil volume say it calls for 6.5 but I want to go 7 or 7.5 change the final OG I'm targeting?????
Yes you need to use a tool like Beersmith or BrewersFriend to properly scale your recipe. Usually its just a bit more base malt.
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Yes you need to use a tool like Beersmith or BrewersFriend to properly scale your recipe. Usually its just a bit more base malt.
Ok thanks I never really thought about the increase in volume affecting the body of the beer but it would make since. Think its time to get beersmith.
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