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Old 12-15-2007, 07:28 PM   #1
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Default Did I add too much water??

I've made about 6 batches of beer. All extract and i seem to forget of just do something wrong most times.It pisses me off..Anyway, Today i'm doing an extract batch and it calls for 2 gallons of water in the brew pot and 3 1/2 in the bucket..I was thinking and added 4 gallons of water in the bucket making 6 gallons of wort.
Other than it being watery, what should i do. Anything??



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Old 12-15-2007, 07:31 PM   #2
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i do it too just to get more beer per batch.

dont worry it will turn out just fine.

and it wont be watery just slightly lighter.



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Old 12-15-2007, 07:32 PM   #3
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this is just me but I do only extract and sometimes with steeping grains but when a recipe tells me to add 2 gallons I still put about 3 1/2 in my brew pot So I can get a larger vigerous boil and all the books I have read also say more water in your brew pot the better. when i transfer my Wort to the primary I have my bucket 1/2 full of ice, but that is just how I do it, if that helps you any..And I also have about 6 gallons So I dont syphon that junk at the bottom when transfering.

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Old 12-15-2007, 07:41 PM   #4
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I space things everytime...It's frustrating....

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Old 12-15-2007, 08:35 PM   #5
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weeks. I am getting less concerned about the total volume of water split between my boil and put into the carboy. Last night we ended up with over 5 gallons, but by the time we took the hydrometer sample, it went down a little. The one part of brewing that I do not enjoy ( ) is transferring the wort to the carboy and then having to add water. So this time I just used more water to start and it turned out fine.

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Old 12-15-2007, 09:49 PM   #6
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Your beer will be just fine. The ABV might be a bit low, but not enought to worry about. You won't even notice. Consider it an experiment for next itme.

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Old 12-15-2007, 10:35 PM   #7
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i just made my fifth batch and also added more water to the fermenter than I usually do- to about 6 gallons total in order yield 5 after the junk is discarded etc.

From the previous posts it seems this will be fine, but I still have two questions:

1) is this why my OG was 1.040 instead of the target 1.050+ for this recipe?

2) How much will this lower the ABV?

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Old 12-15-2007, 10:46 PM   #8
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Hey Bulls,

Invest the $20 in Beersmith or promash. Either program will let you print out a brewsheet that you can check off as you perform each step.

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Old 12-15-2007, 11:12 PM   #9
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I was thinking that next time I brew, I will have a check list..I should probably get one of those programs..Thanks



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