My latest batch ran into a problem that has hit me a couple times in my admittedly short brewing history. I has a good mash resulting in plenty of pre-wort at my target SG but because I don't have a proper boil kettle I boiled off too much wort and wound up under my target post boil volume but at my target SG. I could add water to top up to the target but that would dilute the beer. I already poured out the "Extra" pre-wort so thats of no use.
So here is what I was thinking of for a solution and I'd like input. Maybe I'm missing something:
I need an extra 4L (~1 gallon) to get up to my target volume. I'm thinking I'll do a 20 minute boil of about 4.5 L with some extract sugars with the plan to have a resulting wort that is the same gravity as the OG of my first wort. I'm not planning any hops becuase, I'm going to add the ingredients I planned for secondary, in this case peanut butter powder. The slight dilution of the hops should be balanced by the peanut butter flavour. I'm also using the sugars that I used in the original batch (Molasses & Maple Syrup). Cool the whole thing down to the current fermenting temps and add it into the primary.
- I've sanitized my secondary addition
- Boiled to get a hot break
- Cooled to get a cold break
- Have the same gravity as the OG of the original wort
- Used some of the same sugars from the original wort (shouldn't shock the yeast)
Anyway, thoughts? Questions? Should I just not worry about the volume?