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Old 02-19-2007, 03:54 PM   #1
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Hi all after transfering from primary to secondary i found out that the carboy is about 2 litres from the top. Now i know that it will water down the beer if you add water to fill. My question is what do i do now??

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Old 02-19-2007, 04:14 PM   #2
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I would not add water to it, it will be fine. There should be no problem with the headspace if that is your concern.

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Old 02-19-2007, 04:15 PM   #3
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Yes it is said to be a bit short, but leave it as is. You don't always get exactly 5 gallons. There are always losses in the trub and transfers.

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Old 02-19-2007, 04:24 PM   #4
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With the air space will not make the beer flat? I leave the beer in there for about 2 weeks at about 55 degrees F the bottle right

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The beer should be flat at this point. It doesn't carbonate until after you add suger and bottle.

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Old 02-19-2007, 05:11 PM   #6
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Leave it be.
That's normal, look at some of the pictures of other brewers be in fermenters.

You don't want it full or it can cause other problems.

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Old 02-19-2007, 05:43 PM   #7
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how many gallons is your secondary? when I bought my setup the lady at the HBS told me to use a smaller secondary(5gal) than my primary(6.5gal) to eliminate the exact problem that you're having.

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Old 02-19-2007, 07:32 PM   #8
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I have an 8 gallon primary and a 6 gallon carboy. lost some during racking due to the yeast sediment

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I have the same problem right now with an amber ale, When I added water to bring the level up to five gallons I went to the bottom of the duct tape rather than the top like I had measured to. I guess I really don't see the problem with adding water to the secondary, You started out adding enough ingredients to do five gallons of beer so wouldn't not adding water make the beer extra concentrated? Maybe I am missing something? What do all you pros do to avoid this problem?

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Old 02-22-2007, 06:00 PM   #10
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What problem? Oxidation? i wouldn't worry about that. Your beer will degass naturally and keep a protective layer of CO2 on top of the surface of the beer.

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