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Old 01-21-2013, 05:21 AM   #11
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I aim for 5.5 pre ferment so I get a full 5 in the keg.
Do this as well, try for 5.5+ so I can hit full keg or 2 plus cases if I bottle
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:27 AM   #12
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I normally do just 5 gallons so I wind up with 4.5 or 4.75 in keg.

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Old 01-21-2013, 06:33 AM   #13
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So to sum it up, after brewing a 5 gallon recipe you should have 5 gallons post boil. If you want to have 5 gallons post fermentation for let's say .5 gal of trub loss; the proper way to do it would be to adjust the grain bill by an additional 10%, giving you 5.5 gallons post boil?

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So to sum it up, after brewing a 5 gallon recipe you should have 5 gallons post boil. If you want to have 5 gallons post fermentation for let's say .5 gal of trub loss; the proper way to do it would be to adjust the grain bill by an additional 10%, giving you 5.5 gallons post boil?
Exactly! I design my grain bill around the amount I want post fermentation.

In some cases if you get really good efficiency you can squeeze 5.5 gallons out of the typical 5 gallon recipe and still hit your numbers. It really depends on the efficiency that the recipe was written at and your measured efficiency on your system.
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:09 PM   #15
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go for 7 - 7.5 gal pre-boil to try and hit 6.5 after boil to get 5.5 in my fermenter. a lot depend on how much hops i have in there

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I found that the best way to interpret a recipe is to convert the grain bill to percentages. Then I use the recipes OG to adjust the total weight to fit my system and the volume to boil that I’ll need. Same thing with hops. Tweak the amounts in Beersmith to hit the bitterness levels that the recipe calls for.

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