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Old 04-30-2013, 10:17 PM   #1
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Two days ago, I began brewing my first batch ever (Great Lakes Pale Ale). Somehow, I forgot to add an entire gallon of water after the boil. So, the batch is now 4 gallons instead of 5. The airlock was not bubbling. Upon further investigation, I found that there was a slight crack in the airlock. When I opened (yes I opened the bucket), I found a nice krausen on top of the wort. So I'm pretty sure it's fermenting in there.

The question is this: should I worry about perhaps adding another gallon somewhere along the way? I'm a fan of strong beer, so I can live with that. I'm just afraid that the yeast won't ferment properly in such a high gravity environment. I'm currently fermenting in a bucket. I do have a plastic carboy that came with the kit as a secondary. If I do add the water, I'd probably do it if/when I decide to transfer the wort into the secondary a week into fermentation. Thoughts?

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Old 04-30-2013, 10:23 PM   #2
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What was your starting spg and what is the gravity reading now? I know you are like me and didnt check one. Needless to say, I will check a reading now and then you can figure what's next.

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Old 04-30-2013, 10:26 PM   #3
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you must be a psychic, because I didn't check the gravity at all. I'll most likely sanatize some equipment tonight and take a reading.

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Old 04-30-2013, 10:33 PM   #4
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What recipe/kit?

It we know how much extract you used, then we can give you a good idea of what the OG was.

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Old 04-30-2013, 11:03 PM   #5
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with an extract kit, if everything else was done right (used all the extract etc, )
just add the water to make your volume. it won't thin it out because the gravity now is higher then intended.

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Old 04-30-2013, 11:07 PM   #6
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with an extract kit, if everything else was done right (used all the extract etc, )
just add the water to make your volume. it won't thin it out because the gravity now is higher then intended.
^^This^^
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I can post the recipe later when I get home. I steeped grains and used extract, if that helps.

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Old 04-30-2013, 11:16 PM   #8
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I would'nt add it after fermentation has started

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Old 05-01-2013, 03:14 AM   #9
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I would'nt add it after fermentation has started
If he boils it for 10-15 minutes, then covers and cools it to match the wort temp, it shouldn't mess with anything too much. Just make sure to siphon it into the wort so you don't aerate it..
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I wouldn't mess with it at this point. Just my 2 pennies.

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