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Old 03-17-2009, 07:46 PM   #1
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I swapped my breakfast stout after about 1 1/2 weeks into a secondary. There was so much junk at the bottom that there was about 1/2 gallon less than the original 5 gallons. Would it be OK to add water to bring it back up to 5 gallons? Why or why not?

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Old 03-17-2009, 07:53 PM   #2
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I would just go with what you have left. It would only dilute it at this point and of course risk infection. I mean I guess you could boil some water and mix it up, but it would be like adding ice to your beer and water it down.
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Old 03-17-2009, 08:06 PM   #3
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Don't add water, it would dilute the beer and risk infection.

Unless that's what you want, then go for it.

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Old 03-17-2009, 08:14 PM   #4
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I think one of the most important realizations I had when I first started brewing was getting over the idea that brewing a 5 gallon recipe should mean that I end up with exactly 5 gallons.

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Old 03-17-2009, 08:22 PM   #5
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some recipes start with 5.25 or 5.5 gallons of wort...

my first batch, I ended up with 4.3 in the bottle, third batch 4.6

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Old 03-17-2009, 08:30 PM   #6
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I would much rather have 4.5 gallons of properly brewed beer, than dilluting it post fermentation...
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