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Old 02-01-2013, 01:17 AM   #1
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So the airlock clogged, blew hop residue everywhere. Lost a gallon. Can I add a gallon of water in the secondary and still have good beer ? Plan on 3 weeks in the secondary.

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Old 02-01-2013, 01:23 AM   #2
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Nah, I wouldn't bother trying to fix it. Just live with a little less beer and focus on the rest of the process. Adding water will dilute and even chance contamination. I'd rather have 4 gallons of a good beer than 5 gallons ruined. Next time, use a blowoff on a big beer with Belgian yeast.

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Old 02-01-2013, 01:35 AM   #3
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Old 02-01-2013, 01:52 AM   #4
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Nah, I wouldn't bother trying to fix it. Just live with a little less beer and focus on the rest of the process. Adding water will dilute and even chance contamination. I'd rather have 4 gallons of a good beer than 5 gallons ruined. Next time, use a blowoff on a big beer with Belgian yeast.
Thanks, that's what I'll do
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Had the same thing happen two weeks ago. I put it in a secondary last weekend to cold crash it. Beer tasted great. I'm glad I didn't top it off. And I learned my lesson about blow off tubes.

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So the airlock clogged, blew hop residue everywhere. Lost a gallon. Can I add a gallon of water in the secondary and still have good beer ? Plan on 3 weeks in the secondary.
Would it have been Wyeast 3787/White Labs 530 yeast?
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That yeast is a monster, not quite in the 3711 chew through everything way, but in the blow off a massive amount of krausen way. Gotta have tons of headspace or a blow off tube.
You will probably need to warm it up to 70-75 to get it to finish. The last few points come off slowly.

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