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Old 11-11-2006, 11:57 PM   #1
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I just racked Hefe-Weissen to secondary after 8 days. It didn't fill the 5 gal jug to the top. I'd say I'm about a half gallon short. Should I add water to it?


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Old 11-12-2006, 12:05 AM   #2
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No. NEVER ADD WATER to a completed brew!


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Old 11-12-2006, 12:09 AM   #3
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ok, I think it's short but maybe it's not. The brew only comes to the bottom of the bottle curve.
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Old 11-12-2006, 12:10 AM   #4
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So you have a little less than 5 gallons. I always do too. Just bottle what you have when it's fully conditioned, and enjoy. The actual capacity of the bottle may be a bit more than 5 gallons, so you might not be as short as you think.

Most people end up with a little less than 5 gallons due to racking losses while trying to avoid the trub and yeast debris that accumulates in the bottom of the primary. I get 49 or 50 twelve ounce bottles out of a "five gallon" batch. Good enough!
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Old 11-12-2006, 01:39 AM   #5
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I just did the same thing!
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Old 11-12-2006, 01:52 AM   #6
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This is why I brew 5.25 gal batches...so I can end up with 5 gals. (38 - 0,5 liter bottles usually).
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Old 11-12-2006, 02:54 PM   #7
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Although wine makers always top-off secondaries (generally with juice), you shouldn't with beer. Brewing to 5.25 gallons is a good idea and If you plan on heavy dry hopping, 5.5
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You guys are lucky, I only get around 42-45 12 ozers usually. But I eyeball just about everything, so I may not be accurate.
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I quickly got sick of netting less that two cases, so now I design the recipe for 5.5 gallons. Even so, dry-hopping my pale ale with whole hops cost me a lot more beer than I wanted...
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I quickly got sick of netting less that two cases, so now I design the recipe for 5.5 gallons. Even so, dry-hopping my pale ale with whole hops cost me a lot more beer than I wanted...
Because the whole hops hold liquid? Or some other reason?


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