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Old 05-27-2010, 11:14 PM   #1
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I am about to make a Muntons Gold Imperial stout No boil kit. Two cans of malt extract one hopped and one not. It calls to make 6 us Gallons, What would be the likely outcome if I used 5 gallons instead? Would it have to strong a taste? I have never made a stout before, but have been real pleased with the Muntons IPA & Pilsner.


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Old 05-27-2010, 11:17 PM   #2
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It will be higher gravity, probably a little richer flavor and have a higher ABV. You'll also get one gallon less of it for your effort.


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Do you think it would be better??? I will give up a gallon for a better tasting beer.
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Do you think it would be better??? I will give up a gallon for a better tasting beer.
Potentially, but, never having brewed it, it's hard to say. It wouldn't render it undrinkable. Try it and see, what have you really got to lose? It's just beer.
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Give it a shot. If you don't like it add some water back in.
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Add water back in before I pitch my yeast?
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Add water back in before I pitch my yeast?
Actually, it is possible to add water in post fermentation, prior to drinking, but I wouldn't worry about it. I occasionally make Coopers kits and they are also sized for six gallons, but I hear that a lot of people just make them as a five gallon batch and they turn out just fine.
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Or after fermentation, before either kegging or bottling. I'd boil it first just to be sure on sanitation, especially if you do it before pitching yeast. If you have fermentor size limits I'd stick to a 5 gallon ferment (since the headspace can come in handy if you have a rowdy fermentation.)

Occasionally I've done this by just increasing the amount of water I dissolve the bottling sugar in. It helps sanitize the bottling bucket a bit better anyway.
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Weigh the ingredients. Multiply by 5 then divide by 6. Use that amount of ingredients.

Your 6 gallon recipe is now a 5 gallon recipe.
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What's the gravity going to be in the 6 gallon? What style is the beer?

Brewing it at 5 gal should be fine either way.


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