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Old 04-10-2008, 07:04 PM   #1
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Default ARRRGGGHHH!! I don't have enough water in my carboy!! (pics included)

I'm looking at my primary fermenter and the beer level looks low for some reason.... I've reviewed my brewing procedure and even with some evaporation taken into account, I should be around 5 gallons but it looks like I've got quite a bit less.

Would I be able to add sanitized water to my secondary fermenter if I do not have enough ? Would this affect the flavor of the beer at this point (watered down?), or should I just keep things they way they are?

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Old 04-10-2008, 07:12 PM   #2
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What was the gravity of the beer you put into your fermenter? What were you shooting for?

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Old 04-10-2008, 07:17 PM   #3
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Aside from your actual question, be sure to calibrate your carboy with a sharpie marker in the future. I start at the 4.75 gallon mark and go up to the neck in .25 gallon increments.

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Aside from your actual question, be sure to calibrate your carboy with a sharpie marker in the future. I start at the 4.75 gallon mark and go up to the neck in .25 gallon increments.
I was actually going to do this prior to this batch, but I forgot

Oh well, hopefully I will still end up with good beer.


EDIT: Actually, on the front page there was this picture

That looks about right for my beer, or very very close at least. I feel better already.
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Old 04-10-2008, 10:07 PM   #5
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This is 5.5 gallons in a 6.5 gallon carboy. Not exactly what you were after, but close.

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I have 2 five gallon bacthes is 6.5 carboys and you look pretty close.

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Another thing you may consider for the future: I used to do 5 gallons in the primary, but by the time it gets to the keg, I have just over 4.5 gallons. I now shoot for about 5.25 gallons (up to 5.5 gallons) in the primary so that I end up with 5 gallons in the secondary and just under that in the keg.

And +1 to Bobby. I start mine at 3 gallons and go up. My sight glass on my brew kettle is empty with 3 gallons to go (only 2.25 gallons in the carboy). I just like to monitor how close I am to being done, so I have the extra marks on there.

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Hmm, I think I have less than I thought....

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This is definitely not 5 gallons. Anyone got an estimate? What should I do? Add water to secondary?

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I would leave it as-is, personally.

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Old 04-11-2008, 05:42 AM   #10
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Here's a better picture

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