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Old 11-02-2008, 01:30 AM   #1
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Default Adding Water Post-Fermentation

I brewed two beers today, using the partigyle method, and all went pretty darn well. I made a maple porter and a honey brown, and hit my numbers very well for the porter at 5.75G in the fermenter at 1.086. For the brown, I lost too much to evaporation and ended up with somewhere around 4.5 in the fermenter at 1.048.

My question is this: would it be horribly wrong to add .5 to .75 boiled/cooled water to the secondary for the brown to make up the difference in order to yield closer to 5G in the keg? Should I just chalk it up to a learning experience and be happy that I got 10-ish gallons of beer that is bubbling away? Thanks!

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Old 11-02-2008, 01:37 AM   #2
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It seems to me like a bad idea to add water after fermentation is complete, not sure why. I much prefer full-bodied beers myself - I'd let it be and take what I got.

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Yeah, I did the same thing! I think I am just going to leave it alone, as my post boil OG was right on target.

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Old 11-03-2008, 02:14 PM   #4
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If I were goign to top oiff I'd do it before I pitch. If I were you I'd just take the 4.5 gallons and proceed as normal.

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Now that you've pitched...I wouldn't do it...I'd much rather have 4.5 gallons of good beer (at my numbers) than 5 gallons of diluted beer....

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