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Old 12-14-2012, 10:27 PM   #1
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Just brewed my first batch of home brew, an irish red. I measured the correct amount of water but when i siphoned into my fermentation jug i only had about 4/5 of a gallon. (its a one gallon kit). Im sure i will still get decent beer but what happened to the amount of liquid?

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Old 12-14-2012, 10:30 PM   #2
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It's an extract kit, right? The excess water probably just boiled off. If it's extract, there's a fixed amount of fermentable sugar, do you should be fine topping it off to the full gallon. Do you have the recipe handy?

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Old 12-14-2012, 10:37 PM   #3
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Yep like Jon said,

That amount boiled off. So you can either keep it as is and have a stronger red ale, or top off with water. (which I'd boil and let cool to room temp before adding).

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Old 12-14-2012, 11:06 PM   #4
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Yeah it was an extract kit. I did add a little extra water to bring it closer to a gallon. Is it absolutely a must to boil it before adding?

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Old 12-14-2012, 11:15 PM   #5
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Nah, if you would drink the water you added then it's probably fine. I used to top off with water straight from the tap all the time.

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Old 12-14-2012, 11:26 PM   #6
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Thats a relief because i never even thought to boil the water i added to it.

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