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Old 07-21-2014, 07:22 AM   #1
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Hi,
I usually (in all 3 times I made beer ) add 5 gallons of water to my beer (when the recipe says it is make 5 gallons of beer). The recipes I used didn't mention how much water to add, so I took this as default. how much water should I use?

I still brewing only with malt extract, so in the second beer I made I used about 3 litters of extract (wheat beer that should have 5.5 abv according to the recipe) and in the third beer I made I used about 5 litters of extract (I meant to make belgian tripel with 8 abv) and to both recipes I added 5 gallons of water. In the third beer I started with og 1.072 although according to the recipe the og should have been 1.082, and respectively the beer had 7 abv. so I think it happened because I added too much water. so how much water should I use to brew beers?

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The recipe may be based on final beer volume. If you are boiling a full-volume batch (not diluting after the boil) for 60-90 minutes, your can boil off 1-1.5 gallons of water to get our final volume.

Full-volume boil 5 gallon batches start the boil with 6-6.5 gallons of wort. Take a pre-boil gravity reading and keep some dry extract on hand to make adjustments when your gravity is too low (or you can boil longer).

If you are not already, try using brewing software to more accurately calculate your required volumes (Beersmith, Brewtoad, etc.).

How much water you need to add to get to your volumes will also be different batch to batch as liquid extract itself adds liquid volume as well as fermentables.

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The recipe may be based on final beer volume. If you are boiling a full-volume batch (not diluting after the boil) for 60-90 minutes, your can boil off 1-1.5 gallons of water to get our final volume.

Full-volume boil 5 gallon batches start the boil with 6-6.5 gallons of wort. Take a pre-boil gravity reading and keep some dry extract on hand to make adjustments when your gravity is too low (or you can boil longer).

If you are not already, try using brewing software to more accurately calculate your required volumes (Beersmith, Brewtoad, etc.).

How much water you need to add to get to your volumes will also be different batch to batch as liquid extract itself adds liquid volume as well as fermentables.

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