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Old 01-02-2007, 02:27 PM   #1
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hey. I think I made a terrible mistake. When I racked my beer from primary to secondary, I made sure not to aerate the beer by putting the hose all the way down and it just syphoned in nicely... BUT when I did that, i noticed that the 5 gal carboy I am using really didn't fill near the top well and I was afraid to have to much head space so I (unbelievably stupid..) added some spring water to it using a funnel and just poured it in!!!! I probably brought in way to much air to the batch.. Is it ruined and should I just dump it and make a new batch????

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Old 01-02-2007, 02:39 PM   #2
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RDWHAHB. Just toss the airlock on there and give it a few weeks.

If you used bottled water, it should be pretty close to sterile, so there's not much of an infection risk. You will probably rouse some yeast into a reproduction cycle. I believe that's what will happen, but it's no big deal- I'm guessing it'll probably just take longer to clear.

You shouldn't do what you did, as you know... but I doubt the results will be fatal.



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Old 01-02-2007, 02:44 PM   #3
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Head space isn't much of a concern with beer, so next time - leave it alone.

All you did was watered down your beer. Probably not too big of a deal as long as you didn't add a TON of water.

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Old 01-02-2007, 03:08 PM   #4
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I'm sure it will be fine, but next time you're not sure about something, and are contemplating doing something crazy like that, come and consult your buddies at HBT first!

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A lot of people top-up. Actually, you should always start with about 5.25-5 gallons in the primary to compensate for the losses you'll get when racking. Trub holds a lot of liquid.

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Old 01-02-2007, 09:54 PM   #6
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Thanks guys... I won't throw it out then... I was just worried pouring in the water would aerate too much. It was only about 1/2 gallon of water. What does too much aeration do anyway?? so it it happens, I'll look out for it.

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