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Old 04-12-2013, 01:19 AM   #1
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Like a beginner dummy, I didn't top off pale ale before fermenting. Now I'm a gallon short. Could I boil a gallon of water to remove the oxygen, cool it down and add to the bottling bucket to bring my volume up to 5 gallons like the kit intended?

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Old 04-12-2013, 01:23 AM   #2
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is it already fermenting? if so, best to leave it like it is instead of watering it down. call it an ipa instead

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Old 04-12-2013, 01:34 AM   #3
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It's not worth the risk of introducing oxygen or contaminating it at bottling, just let it go as is.

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Thanks.

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I'd add that you make sure to cut back appropriately on your priming sugar at bottling time. Adding 5 gal worth of sugar to 4 gal of beer might lead to some gushers or bottle bombs.

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Old 04-12-2013, 09:32 AM   #6
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This is silly. You can certainly do that. Just use a gallon to mix your priming sugar at bottling. Let it cool a bit before you throw it in the sanitized bottling bucket and then rack on top of it.

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This is silly. You can certainly do that. Just use a gallon to mix your priming sugar at bottling. Let it cool a bit before you throw it in the sanitized bottling bucket and then rack on top of it.
Have you had experience doing this? I thought it would be ok. All the ingredients were for 5 gallons so it shouldn't seem watered down.
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Are you worried about the lost volume or the effect on the beer?
When I was doing kits I would intentionally leave out the top up water because I only had 5g carboys. I always liked the outcome. Then again I'm a quality over quantity type of guy.
I say leave it be and call it an IPA.

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Are you worried about the lost volume or the effect on the beer?
When I was doing kits I would intentionally leave out the top up water because I only had 5g carboys. I always liked the outcome. Then again I'm a quality over quantity type of guy.
I say leave it be and call it an IPA.
I'm more concerned with quality. Didn't know if it was gonna be overly bitter. I guess I'll taste it during my last FG reading and decide then whether to add the gallon or not.
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Good idea. I'd give it a chance, at least.

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