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Old 11-06-2013, 04:55 PM   #1
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Default Diluting Final Wort Volume

I am always looking for ways to increase beer production in the minimal amount of time BUT it always has to remain at the highest quality. I brew 10 gallon batches in a 1/2 bbl keggle. So I was thinking why not produce 10 gallons of a 1.070 wort but dilute in the kettle(with water)during the last 5 minutes. I could easily get a 13-14 gallons of 1.050 wort(final volume). Anybody do this? Just not sure of two things....hop utilization and taste. Do I hop it according to the 1.070 wort?

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Old 11-06-2013, 06:01 PM   #2
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I do this occasionally. I have a helles kellerbier on tap right now that I brewed 4 gallons of and diluted to 5 and I'm glad I did because it's a freakin' delicious beer. I brewed 4 gallons of 1.060 wort, diluted with a gallon of near freezing RO water to get around 1.048-1.050 wort. And, yes, hop it to the 1.070 wort because diluting it will lessen the hop utilization.
I normally brew 4 gallon batches inside on the stove in a 6.5 gallon kettle. But lately, I've been wanting to make it 5 gallons but don't have the capacity for it, so diluting with a gallon of RO works.

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Old 11-06-2013, 06:33 PM   #3
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Diluting wort would work fine. Really hoppy/bitter beers won't work very well, but other beers should work out perfectly.

IBUs would be a bit tough to figure out, but could be guestimated with some math. Figure, say, 3 gallons of 0 IBU wort (water) = 10 gallons of 50 IBU wort = 13 gallons of 33ish IBU wort (check my math!).

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