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Old 06-24-2009, 01:39 PM   #1
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did a full boil for the first time last night. It was a coopers all extract IPA. I started with 6 gallons of water thinking that I'd boil about a gallon off in an hour. Long story short, after I chilled my wort and removed the immersion chiller, I realize that I did not boil off a gallon. I transfer to my 5 gallon carboy and it will not all fit. I had about 1/2 to 3/4 of a gallon leftover. What is this going to do to my beer? Is it going to effect taste? Should I add more fermentables? Should I just leave it alone? I pitched last night and the yeasties are working away, so all things look normal. My concern is, what will the effect be on the final product?

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Old 06-24-2009, 01:47 PM   #2
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RDWHAHB.

You're fine. Gravity may be a little low, but you're fine.

Fermenter is completely full? Hope you have a blowoff tube on there-- I'd be more worried about the mess if you don't since you're beer is OK.

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Old 06-24-2009, 01:55 PM   #3
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its all good, did your OG gravities match up after the boil? i wouldnt be to concerned about it. as long as your OG's are close to similar, this shows that the correct amount of sugars are present before the fermentation. Final product wont be effected, maybe a lower AVB% but should taste just fine.

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Old 06-24-2009, 02:04 PM   #4
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Thanks for the advice. I did put on a blow off tube last night. I figured I may have some serious fermentation by the time I got back from work today, and I wanted to avoid an incident with SWMBO.

As far as my gravity reading is concerned, I pulled my hydrometer out of its little plastic case to check the gravity and it kept going, right onto the tile floor, where it proceeded to break itlsef, and my heart, into a 100 tiny pieces....

So, I am flying blind on this one. If it has a low ABV, then I'll just call it a session IPA.

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SWMBO incidents are the best kind to avoid

Now come over to my place and break my hydrometer so I can convince my SWMBO to let me buy a refractometer

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Old 06-24-2009, 02:14 PM   #6
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gravity sucks, pun intended

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Old 06-24-2009, 02:39 PM   #7
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Cooper's kits are designed to make 6 US gal. of beer. Go look at the instructions. IMO, they taste better when made as 5 gal. batches, but you didn't do anything incorrect according to the instructions.
I see several other problems with your technique, however.

1) Cooper's kits are not designed to be boiled. By boiling it for an hour you would have lost a lot of the hop aroma and hop flavor that is characteristic of an IPA.

2) You need a bigger fermentor. A 5 gal carboy isn't big enough to ferment 5 gals. of beer. You'll want a minimum of 6.5 gal. container for a 5 gallon batch.

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Old 06-24-2009, 04:27 PM   #8
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I appreciate the advice regarding the carboy. I have had success fermenting 5 gallon kits in a 5 gallon carboy in the past, but that is when I did partial boils and topped them off. This was a full boil and I overestimated the amount of water I'd need.

As for boiling the kit, I know that the kits say that they do not need to be boiled, however, I was following advice on other threads regarding full boiling extract kits. I did not consider whether a 40 minute boil would have an effect on the hoppiness of the beer. I guess I will see what happens and I appreciate the advice.

This particular coopers kit was designed to make 5 gallons:

"Coopers Brewmaster Select IPA
Early records of “Cooper and Sons” producing India Pale Ale can be found in the South Australian Advertiser, dated February 1868. Thomas Coopers IPA (India Pale Ale) produces a beer with all the hallmarks of a genuine IPA from the “mother land”. A strong ale with robust malt characters and very high hopping levels. Each kit does require an additional 2.2 Lb of Dextrose (corn sugar) or 3 Lb. of Light Malt Extract to produce 5 gallons of really great beer."

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Everyone knows that hydrometers are part lemming. Sometimes they just get the urge to throw themselves from a high place.

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I am wondering how an hour long boil only boiled of 1/4-1/2 gallon. When I do a boil I lose about 1.25 gallons per hour.

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