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Old 02-08-2009, 12:46 AM   #1
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I started a batch with 5.5 gal of water and cooked it in my new kettle made from a keg. After the boil I placed it into Primary in a new glass carboy that is a little bigger than my other one. I never measured to find where the 5 gallon mark was in the carboy. My S.G. was 1.060 when it was supposed to be around 1.044. Anyway I let it do its thing for a week and moved it into secondary which has the 5 gallon mark on it and I am about 1/2 gal to 3/4 gal under the 5 gallon mark. Apparently I lost more volume during the cooking than I had anticipated. I took a gravity reading today and it was 1.026 and it is supposed to be around 1.011 F.G. The ABV is at 4.3% which is what it is supposed to be. Should I add water to bring the F.G. down to where it is supposed to be and bring the total amount to 5 gal or leave it alone?

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Old 02-08-2009, 01:00 AM   #2
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Leave it alone

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You probably shouldn't have racked it to the secondary until it had finished fermenting...you're better off taking the gravity reading before racking rather than after.

Just leave it for now and let the gravity drop fully, then dilute it if you want to, but why bother? Just enjoy the higher gravity brew.

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Old 02-08-2009, 01:17 AM   #4
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The fermentation was complete. I don't believe it was going to drop any more. Like i posted earlier, the S.G. was higher than it was supposed to be in the instruction and the F.G. was higher as well but it came out to be the correct ABV. Is the Gravity reading higher due to the lesser volume? Adding water at the end of the boil should have brought the S.G. down to where it was supposed to be right? Bit if I should leave it alone then I can deal with 4.5 gal or so.

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Old 02-08-2009, 02:10 AM   #5
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Leave it alone
Agreed, it is what it is. The ABV might be a bit higher and you may love it!
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