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Old 05-19-2012, 06:15 PM   #1
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I am thinking of using 12 lb of pale malt instead of 8 and only using early higher OG runnings for a test brew. I want to end up with a 3.8% bitter so I shall dilute with treated water in the fermenter. The rest of the runnings I shall make a control batch of beer ( or call it a weaker easy drinker for summer if you will).

Has anybody thought about this or even done it?

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Old 05-19-2012, 06:52 PM   #2
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Diluting with water in a light beer is a bad idea, IMO. In a more robust beer, it's not noticeable. I recently brewed an ordinary bitter, and my OG was a bit high so I topped up in the fermentor, with maybe 4L in a 20L batch. It definitely tastes "watery."

I think you'd be better off adjusting gravity with water pre-boil.

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Old 05-19-2012, 07:57 PM   #3
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Budweiser dilutes too......

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I often put ice cubes in my glass of homebrew - no detrimental effect it does not even de-gas it...

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I often put ice cubes in my glass of homebrew - no detrimental effect it does not even de-gas it...
This, Bob, is a travesty.
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Diluting with water in a light beer is a bad idea, IMO. In a more robust beer, it's not noticeable. I recently brewed an ordinary bitter, and my OG was a bit high so I topped up in the fermentor, with maybe 4L in a 20L batch. It definitely tastes "watery."

I think you'd be better off adjusting gravity with water pre-boil.
Maybe I'm missing something, but he's increasing his grain bill in addition to the adding of water. Are you claiming that the proteins tend to stay in the grain much more than the sugars, thus resulting in a watery beer?
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In the UK Fullers only brew one beer - their strong flagship beer. There other beers are watered down versions of that - LITERALLY !

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And about the ice cubes - don't knock it till you have tried it. I find condition and head are relatively unaffected. Did I tell you about my hop ice cubes - they are unbelievably good, drop one in to increase flavour and aroma - I have cubes made with 3 different hops now, so if I want EKG and cascade I drop one of each in - best if you smash them into little pieces first...

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In the UK Fullers only brew one beer - their strong flagship beer. There other beers are watered down versions of that - LITERALLY !
Do they actually water down the wort? Or is it more likely that theirs is a partigyle system where they use first runnings for the flagship, then second runnings to make other beers? I know a lot of older breweries do this, but I was unaware that any actually watered down the wort.
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