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Old 04-19-2010, 02:26 PM   #1
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After successfully making my first batch of homebrew (an Extra Pale Ale from NB), last weekend I embarked on my second adventure: a Honey Kolsch. Unfortunately, I forgot to "top off" the wort with water to bring it up to five gallons before adding my yeast, so now I have a partial batch. I knew something was up when I took the hydrometer reading, but it didn't dawn on me until later.

I plan on doing a secondary fermentation after a couple of weeks in the primary. Can I just boil some water and (after allowing it to cool) put it in the secondary before transferring the beer from the primary, or should I just leave it alone? Are there any other options? Thanks in advance.



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Old 04-19-2010, 03:43 PM   #2
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i recommend just leaving it alone and enjoy your higher ABV.



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Old 04-19-2010, 03:50 PM   #3
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Seconded. Leave it alone.
How short of 5 gallons are you?

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Old 04-19-2010, 04:01 PM   #4
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I'm probably between .5-1 gallon short. I was making this in part for my mom, who usually drinks lower ABV beers. She is the main reason I'd like to add the missing water; I certainly don't mind the extra kick.

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