Kegconnection Complete Starter Kit and More Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Volume change

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 01-12-2009, 01:12 PM   #1
Bigbens6
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Posts: 112
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default Volume change

My friend had an issue with his first batch, all he has is a 5 gal carboy and he lost alot of volume to blow off...

His PLAN is to cook his 5 gallon extract kit like normal, but only fill to 4 gallons, pitch yeast, ferment, then add the last gallon of water in his bottling bucket.

My thought is that the yeast wont like the change in gravity, concentration of alcohol might get too high, but i am relatively new to this stuff also, so what can i say to him, is this perfectly acceptable? Or is this beer death waiting to happen?!?!

__________________

Coming up: IPA
Fermenting: NADA grrrrr....
Bottles: American Amber, ESB, Pilsner, Choc Stout, Boch

Bigbens6 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-12-2009, 02:07 PM   #2
mbird
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: California
Posts: 309
Likes Given: 1

Default

It seems like a reasonable solution and may in fact work fine but I don't think he should brew "like normal". If he does he will be wasting a gallon of wort and also when he goes to add a gallon of water later he will be diluting his beer considerably. I would first suggest that he buy a 6 or 6.5 gal. carboy or fermenting bucket. If that isn't possible and he still wants to follow thru with his idea then he should make a concentrated wort and make the appropriate adjustments to his hop schedule to make up for the loss in bitterness utilization. Then when he dilutes later, he will be closer to the final gravity and bitterness of the style he was trying to brew.
mark
Beer Diary...

__________________
mbird is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-12-2009, 03:54 PM   #3
Bigbens6
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Posts: 112
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

He intends to do a normal 2 gallon extract boil, so the initial boil will be normal, but instead of adding 2.5 water to get a full 5 gal he is only gonna ad like 1.5 gal, so his initial gravity will be realllly high, that can tbe good can it?!?!

__________________

Coming up: IPA
Fermenting: NADA grrrrr....
Bottles: American Amber, ESB, Pilsner, Choc Stout, Boch

Bigbens6 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-12-2009, 04:21 PM   #4
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Upper Michigan
Posts: 60,355
Liked 4279 Times on 3118 Posts
Likes Given: 825

Default

I wouldn't do that, but it might work out ok for him. Make sure you tell him to boil and cool the water he adds to the bottling bucket, so he doesn't aerate the beer at that point.

I think it would just be easier to buy an ale pail, or a bigger (the correct sized) carboy, instead of trying to do that. He might get some blow off, even with only 4 gallon in there, and then he'd be diluting the beer even more.

__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006
Yooper is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Beersmith Boil Volume - IBU change Iowabeerguy Brewing Software 2 06-14-2009 06:21 PM
Help! Include LME volume in boil volume? bitteral Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 05-31-2009 06:30 PM
If I carbonate at a target volume, will carbonation change when the vessel is cooled? jkpq45 Bottling/Kegging 2 04-29-2009 05:06 PM