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Old 01-27-2008, 06:16 PM   #1
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First timer here with a foolish mistake. A poorly marked measuring cup lead me to be 40 ozs short of the 5.5 gallons during primary fermentation (that's about 5%). It's been in there for 8 days with fermentation almost complete. Anyone know the effect on the beer? Can I add some/all of the 40 ozs at this stage? Any advice?

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Old 01-27-2008, 06:17 PM   #2
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That's fine. I wouldn't add anything to it now. Taste it and see how good it tastes just the way it is!

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Old 01-27-2008, 06:18 PM   #3
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I wouldn't sweat it.

If you really want to go overboard you _could_ dissolve your priming sugar in the missing 40ozs of water and combine that with your fermenting beer in the bottling bucket. I wouldn't bother, but you may. Overall effect about nil either way.

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Old 01-27-2008, 06:20 PM   #4
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I never measured to within a third of a gallon when making extract batches.
See, here's the deal: you got your sugars, you got your hops, you got your water, you got your yeast, right? All right. So you got your beer.


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Old 01-27-2008, 06:36 PM   #5
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Your beer is a little bit stronger than it would have been. Not a big deal at all. If you really wanted to get that missing 40 oz back, upping the amount of water boiled with your priming sugar as suggested by Poindexter is your best bet.

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Old 01-27-2008, 11:39 PM   #6
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hey, i've gone into primary with just 4.25gallons. sometimes it just doesn't work out how you planned, but still comes out tastey beer.

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Old 01-27-2008, 11:55 PM   #7
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Same here. As long as I'm in the ballpark I'm happy. Don't sweat the small stuff. Your beer will be great.

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Old 01-28-2008, 12:37 AM   #8
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We brew by the batch, not by the ounce. At least you're not losing a gallon to the trub like I am on my latest. Seven years of homebrewing & this is the biggest pile of sludge I've ever had.

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At least you're not losing a gallon to the trub like I am on my latest. Seven years of homebrewing & this is the biggest pile of sludge I've ever had.
Which is exactly why I've come to love my hop strainer.

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Old 01-28-2008, 01:09 AM   #10
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Which is exactly why I've come to love my hop strainer.

Damned straight. I used this on my last IPA and increased my yield by a gallon. Can't beat that.
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