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Old 10-09-2011, 04:11 AM   #1
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I brewed an IPA and used a new primary bucket I got without being smart and marking the 5 gallon mark on the side. when topping off in the primary, I didn't want to have too little so I added some more...and then a little more for good measure. When I transferred to the secondary, it wouldn't all fit in the carboy so I put the extra in a growler capped and put in air lock. When I went to keg, the carboy filled the keg and I couldn't fit the growler in.
My question is what do I do with that extra?
Once I drink enough out of the keg can I pour the growler in?
If I do that can I will it effect the carbonation?
Will it cause flavor differences?
The IPA turned out great, it is delicious and very drinkable and I don't want to ruin it or change the flavor.


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Old 10-09-2011, 04:19 AM   #2
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Make a homemade carbonator cap and force carb in 3liter Soda bottles ?? I made the cap but haven't had any overage to try it on yet .. I did force carb a beer in a soda bottle and it worked great !


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Put a little sugar in the growler to carbonate it. Then drink it in two weeks.
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Put a little sugar in the growler to carbonate it. Then drink it in two weeks.
I've had a Growler explode from doing this. I would recommended carving in something else.
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Old 10-09-2011, 12:11 PM   #5
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Growlers aren't intended to hold the pressures that carbonation can create. You can put it in a 3 ltr. soda bottle add some sugar and let it carb. How much sugar, I can't say, but I'm sure someone or some searches on HBT can direct you.
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So would it hurt anything to add it to the keg when there is enough room? No one has commented on that idea. Is that because it is a bad one?
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how much is in the growler? I dont keg personally but I cant see it effecting the taste much at all if the keg is already mostly full...might need to let it sit for a few days after adding but i think u would be fine
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I brewed an IPA and used a new primary bucket I got without being smart and marking the 5 gallon mark on the side. when topping off in the primary, I didn't want to have too little so I added some more...and then a little more for good measure. When I transferred to the secondary, it wouldn't all fit in the carboy so I put the extra in a growler capped and put in air lock. When I went to keg, the carboy filled the keg and I couldn't fit the growler in.
My question is what do I do with that extra?
Once I drink enough out of the keg can I pour the growler in?
If I do that can I will it effect the carbonation?
Will it cause flavor differences?
The IPA turned out great, it is delicious and very drinkable and I don't want to ruin it or change the flavor.
So, I can't answer the growler question but I do have a question for you. Before adding water (and then a little more), did you do a SG measurement to see where your SG level was vs what was expected? Adding water will reduce the SG, reduce the bitterness/IBU level...all of which is OK if you had expected to be low based on the grain bill/hops used, otherwise you are just watering down your beer?
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I honestly wouldn't worry about it and just pour it down the drain. Yeah I know the whole "don't waste beer" mantra, but I also know the "don't run anymore risk of infecting your beer than you have to" mantra. I follow the second one. I guess I'm just lazy, but who knows.

Just my two cents.
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So, I can't answer the growler question but I do have a question for you. Before adding water (and then a little more), did you do a SG measurement to see where your SG level was vs what was expected? Adding water will reduce the SG, reduce the bitterness/IBU level...all of which is OK if you had expected to be low based on the grain bill/hops used, otherwise you are just watering down your beer?
No i did not measure the SG prior to adding the water. I thought about that after the fact. My SG was a little low, I think 5 or 6 points if I remember right. I think it was supposed to be 1.062 and I was at 1.056. When I checked I figured I added too much water, but didn't realize how much until I went to 2nd fermenter. This has been a learning experience in more ways than one. My main goal at this point is to figure out the best answer for my mistake.


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