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Old 08-03-2011, 06:26 PM   #1
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so i did my first double ipa last night, and after i dumped my wort into the fermenter i noticed it was at the 5 gallon mark, but i had a gallon and a half of sediment and hops at the bottom. So in my OCD craziness i put another gallon in my fermenter to get 5 gallons of liquid.

Did i just dilute my beer and off set my OG pretty bad?

Also should i have left my boil hops in there? i strained out my wort then added my dry hops in the ferm.

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Old 08-03-2011, 06:34 PM   #2
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Well you've got a couple of things that are of concern. First, yes you did lower your OG some. If you were looking to offset trub loss, you probably only want to fill your fermenter to 5.25 to 5.5 gals at the most to yield 5 gals after transfers and loss. But, your beer isn't a total loss, just slightly lower abv and maybe a little less body. The other issue is that you shouldn't add your dry hops to your beer until you are within about a week of bottling. Otherwise, you are losing all of the aroma from the hops, and the hops can cause off flavors.

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Old 08-03-2011, 06:36 PM   #3
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All that trub at the bottom will compact down over the fermentation process into a very tight layer, what you did was dilute your beer and lower your OG. next time just let it roll and enjoy the beer unmolested.

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Ah, didn't know about waiting a week for the dry hops, thanks.

I'll try it again in 2 weeks. Should I wait 2 or 3 weeks to bottle?

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A gallon & a half of sediment? Wow. I wait till it reaches FG & give it 3-5 days to clean up & settle out more. Then dry hop for 1 week. And use hop sacks to cut down on trub.
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I've been a little unclear on whether or not I need to strain everything out from the boil kettle when I move it to the carboy for fermentation. We just dump everything in without straining. I don't know if it makes a difference, but so far our beer has been delicious.


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I don't see why you would have lowered the OG at all. If you're adding your wort to the fermenter, it's all the same gravity. Adding more of it won't change the OG, unless I'm reading the situation wrong. Is this an extract batch? Do you mean you added another gallon of WATER to the fermenter?

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Yeah,he added more water,so lower OG by thinning it out a little.
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Yeah,he added more water,so lower OG by thinning it out a little.
Ok, I should have figured that was the case, but I didn't see the word water anywhere so I just assumed it was more wort.
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Speaking of straining,I used my new,ss dual layer fine mesh strainer (from Midwest) on my EB when pouring into the fermenter. Damn floury hop particles went through,for the most part. I got maybe 1 tsp of funk all total.
But I did use hop sacks. Just goes to show how valuable hop sacks are.
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