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Ciliatus 03-21-2013 01:11 AM

Rookie question about 1 gal. batches
How does one account for loss of must when racking to secondary? I'm wanting to try a 1 gal. batch of green tea and ginger wine from a recipe that I recently found. I plan to use a bucket as my primary and 1 gal. glass jug as secondary. I'm wondering how much water to use at the outset. I realize I can't simply use a gallon since I will lose some amount to the tea leaves, etc. Do I get a larger amount, say 1.2 gallons for instance, up to my target OG and ferment then rack to the secondary until it's full?

Thanks in advance.

Inner10 03-21-2013 01:15 AM

Exactly! You can even save the extra in a really tiny bottle and use that to top up your second racking.

saramc 03-21-2013 01:37 AM

I tend to make one gallon plus 750ml and that works out quite well. I use 375, 500, 750ml and 1.5L (depending on what I am making) for the topping up volume.

Ciliatus 03-21-2013 05:07 PM

Thanks you both for the info.

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