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Old 05-24-2007, 08:37 PM   #1
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Default What happens when a beginner doesn't top off.

That beginner would be me. Some of you (thanks for the replies and help) may remember me posting about this. I threw it into the secondary today.



The good news is, even thought there's slightly less than four gallons of it, it smells GREAT. There should've been 5, but oh well, live and learn.

It's a kit-produced ESB from 7 Bridges.

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Old 05-24-2007, 08:40 PM   #2
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Don't fret it. My first batch was only about 4.5 gallons in the secondary. It was a Red Ale from 7 Bridges.

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Old 05-24-2007, 08:42 PM   #3
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Did your dog help?

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If you didn't top off wort from a partial boil to 5 gal you're OG will be high. You'll also end up with higher alcohol content.

I wouldn't worry about it, it'll probably come out great and you'll spend all your time trying to reproduce it in a full 5 gal batch.

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In fact, that was part of my original cry for help - my OG was indeed too high. But hey, when it comes to alcohol content.... I can think of worse things to happen as a result of a mistake.

Melana, my dog held the racking cane for me. Isn't she great?

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You just end up with a stronger beer and less of it. No biggie really

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In fact, that was part of my original cry for help - my OG was indeed too high. But hey, when it comes to alcohol content.... I can think of worse things to happen as a result of a mistake.

Melana, my dog held the racking cane for me. Isn't she great?
I wish my cats would do something to assist me other than batting at the airlock...
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I wish my cats would do something to assist me other than batting at the airlock...
I came home one night from work to my airlock on the floor. I thought it was just an aggressive fermentation until I saw the little beer-paw-prints all over the top of the bucket. Started locking my fermenter in a closet after that, was a really nice stout too, was hard to pour it out.
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That beginner would be me. Some of you (thanks for the replies and help) may remember me posting about this. I threw it into the secondary today.



The good news is, even thought there's slightly less than four gallons of it, it smells GREAT. There should've been 5, but oh well, live and learn.

It's a kit-produced ESB from 7 Bridges.
ha, that dog is REALLY jonesin for some ESB. That look on her face says "gimme some I want some oh holy hell I need some!"

Yeah, believe me, it's much better to have a higher OG than a lower one. When you do AG batches, you have no real way of knowing what your efficiency will be...and I often end up with really high efficiency, and thus, high OG. Oh well.
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Old 05-24-2007, 11:13 PM   #10
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I had the same amount (or less) for my first beer. Didn't hurt a thing.

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