Hey there everyone,
I will give the short version of this problem and then if those of you who can help me out, or have ran into the same deal that need more info, just let me know.
Helping a buddy brew a batch for his college reunion. I have been brewing extract for years. I just moved to all grain, and now have 6 batches under my belt.
I am still learning/trying to understanding the boil volumes and hitting targets that are wanted, but either way we did a standard american pale, with a dry hop in the secondary for 1 week.
At time of pitching yeast we had 5 gallons in the bucket, on the nose!
At racking to secondary (6 gallon Better Bottle), of course there was some minor liquid loss, as with any batch as I dont want to get too much of the trub and crap into the secondary, I would say maybe an inch at most from the top of trub I leave.
At racking to secondary, the dry hop additions were as follows:
1 full oz pellet
3/4 oz whole leaf
At racking to bottle, of course the whole leaf soaked up some brew (as well as the pellet? I am not too sure if this was even something that i need to worry about with the pellet?)
So the BIG issue is, when all was said and done, I had just shy of 4 gallons that went into the bottling bucket??????????????? Now, the shock to my buddy and I was like loosing another 1/2 case of bottled goodness.
I felt bad about it and am not too sure how the hell I lost that much on us? I am not too sure if it was technique or if that is the general deal with the process I described above? variables?
I usually keg, and have not bottled in over 5 years, so this is a stumper for me.
Any ideas, suggestions? Thanks much in advance.