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Old 08-10-2009, 01:38 PM   #1
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Default Screwed Up - How do I salvage this batch?

So for whatever reason, I tried to go by "memory" of how much water I needed to make up for what I couldn't boil (I only have a small brew pot). For some reason, I decided that number was 3 gallons and stupidly added that to my primary BEFORE I poured my wort in. Well, I ended up with at least 5.5 gallons in the bucket, maybe 6.

What can I do to salvage this or should I just let it go and have a weaker brew?

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Old 08-10-2009, 01:43 PM   #2
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Did you pitch already? If so, there is not much you can do...what was your hydrometer reading before pitching? How far off was it?

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Old 08-10-2009, 03:06 PM   #3
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I'd just let it ferment. Most batches I plan on 5.5 gallons into the fermenter.

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There is absolutely nothing wrong with a light bodied, lower ABV beer. I don't know why people freak at the thought of having a 3.5% beer around. I always like to have something in the lower end around. It's better at slaking your thirst after working in the summer heat and you won't feel logy after drinking a brew at lunch.

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There is absolutely nothing wrong with a light bodied, lower ABV beer. I don't know why people freak at the thought of having a 3.5% beer around. I always like to have something in the lower end around. It's better at slaking your thirst after working in the summer heat and you won't feel logy after drinking a brew at lunch.

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I couldn't agree more. I like having a few low abv beers around. They are great for hot summer drinking and tailgating which is coming up soon. As to your batch, I don't know what you were shooting for as far as OG and what type of beer it is, but if you absolutely have to make up some gravity you can try adding some honey or extract at high ferment. When I make a honey beer I always add the honey at high ferment and they always turn out great. It ferments out very dry and usually doesn't affect the body too much while adding a great boost to the abv.
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How should you go about adding extract? Do you just dump it in? Does it need stirred? I've never really touched a beer during it's most active fermentation, so I'm not sure what to do here.

I'll probably just let it be but I'd like to know for future reference.

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How should you go about adding extract? Do you just dump it in? Does it need stirred? I've never really touched a beer during it's most active fermentation, so I'm not sure what to do here.

I'll probably just let it be but I'd like to know for future reference.
Do it just like a starter just boil it in some water cool and toss it in. It really not the end of the world that the beer will be a little lighter than was planned.
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