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Old 04-26-2009, 11:50 PM   #1
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Could this potentially harm the beer in any way? My batch is a bit short of five gallons (about 4 1/2), but I gather that if I add some water the gravity will fall to the target specified in the recipe and make it a bit lighter.

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Could this potentially harm the beer in any way? My batch is a bit short of five gallons (about 4 1/2), but I gather that if I add some water the gravity will fall to the target specified in the recipe and make it a bit lighter.

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If you boil the water (and cool it) first, then probably you wouldn't have any harm. I guess I'd suggest tasting the beer first, and seeing how it is. If you want to water it down, then go ahead. I wouldn't, because then the beer might be "thin" and watery. I'd check the SG now and see if it's done. If it's not at FG, then wait until it is before deciding.
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If you overshot the OG and undershot the volume you probably should. If you bottle you could add it with the primming solution.

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If you boil the water (and cool it) first, then probably you wouldn't have any harm. I guess I'd suggest tasting the beer first, and seeing how it is. If you want to water it down, then go ahead. I wouldn't, because then the beer might be "thin" and watery. I'd check the SG now and see if it's done. If it's not at FG, then wait until it is before deciding.
I checked the gravity the other day, it's at two weeks and still a couple points above the target.
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If you overshot the OG and undershot the volume you probably should. If you bottle you could add it with the primming solution.
Hmm.. that's a pretty good idea, i'll just boil about a half gallon (or less) with the priming sugar. Thanks!
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