I'm sure that this topic has been discuss before. But can't find it.
Here's the story from A to Z...
I've brewed 4 times with extract recipe kit. I follow the instructions as what they have written. I have skipped the secondary fermentation, but this time I want to do a secondary fermentation to my next batch of beer. I know people will say "don't do it" or "why" or "thats risky" and so-on.
Well, I want to learn how to do it and be diverse.
When doing a secondary fermentation. I've read that while you transfer the batch to the secondary. You leave the particles in the primary fermentor. If thats the case. When I transfer it to the secondary. I figure there would be a good amount of beer left behind for the particles, possibly half a gallon. Wouldn't it be best to add extra water to the 5 gallon wort? So when you "top-it-off" to the 5 gallon mark, just add more water. So when it is time to transfer it to the secondary it will be close to the actual 5 gallon and not be way under.
The instruction says add water to the wort so that it totals at a 5 gallon batch. But...in the end, if I follow the instructions I wouldn't get an actual 5 gallon batch. I would have lost a good amount of beer due to the transfer of the secondary.
Really, I hope you folks understand what I'm trying to explain.