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Old 11-30-2012, 11:36 AM   #1
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What would happen if you put your 5 gallon recipe wort in a 3 gallon carboy and top off with water. Will it be a stronger tasting beer? It would be less diluted right?

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Old 11-30-2012, 11:59 AM   #2
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Sounds like dangerous territory. I would expect it to probably have considerable blow off due to the amount of sugars concentrated in a smaller batch. Your flavors would probably be off, maybe stronger, maybe just unbalanced. I am sure others could weigh in better, but I would expect it would lead to an off-flavored mess.

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Old 11-30-2012, 12:20 PM   #3
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What would happen if you put your 5 gallon recipe wort in a 3 gallon carboy and top off with water. Will it be a stronger tasting beer? It would be less diluted right?
Why would anyone do this?
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:26 PM   #4
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Wait, am I missing something? If you're adding 5 gallons of wort to a 3 gallon fermenter, how can you top off with anything? You wouldn't be able to get two gallons of the wort itself in!

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Old 11-30-2012, 12:41 PM   #5
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He means a 5G recipe with only 3G of total wort. It will be stronger with a bit more ABV. Brewers on the Cooper's forums do this a lot. But something like 20L instead of the regular 23L (6.072USG).
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:46 PM   #6
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Ah. I was gonna say, something about that just ain't gonna work! Thanks for the clarification.

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