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Old 08-09-2011, 04:37 PM   #11
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I figured I'd ask this question in this thread since it relates to it. Since I'm still doing partial boils, I typically top off to a little more than 5 gallons to account for trub. If I top off to the 5 gallon point, I won't actually be getting 5 gallons to drink. This weekend, I made BM's centennial blonde and topped off to about 5.25 gallons. Is this ok, or did I set myself up for a lower than intended SG?
I always start a little over the 5 gallon mark so that when I lose some racking, taking hydrometer samples, etc that I end up with about 5 gallons when I am done. I think you'll be fine...the most that an extra 1/4th gallon is going to make can't be much more than a couple 1/10ths of a % ABV.
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Old 08-09-2011, 04:38 PM   #12
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I did and it was a little higher, but my wort was warmer than 60 degrees and I may not have mixed the top off water well enough. I'm assuming the sample I took was just more concentrated.

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If you use an aeration stone, and mount it on a wand (like a piece of racking cane or ss tube like the willaim's brewing setup) you can use a combination of the o2 coming out of the stone and the wand itself as a whip to mix up the wort and water into a healthy froth. You're mixing the wort and aerating it at the same time.

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I'm reading a lot on here about the problems of pitching the yeast if the temperature is too high (e.g. over 80*F). Is there any harm in pitching the yeast if it's too cold (e.g. 50 - 60*F)?

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I'm reading a lot on here about the problems of pitching the yeast if the temperature is too high (e.g. over 80*F). Is there any harm in pitching the yeast if it's too cold (e.g. 50 - 60*F)?
Dormancy of the yeast if it is below the snooze temp of the yeast. But once it goes up, they'll wake up. But you may get a bit of a lag time.
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