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Old 02-23-2012, 04:07 AM   #1
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Just made my first batch, followed the recipe exactly, or so I thought, but the carboy (five gallons) is only half-full! There should five gallons of liquid in there! So, should I add more water to the mix? Yeast's already in there and everything's set to go... Will have been five hours at 11:45 PM EST. Help much appreciated.


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Old 02-23-2012, 04:17 AM   #2
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Is it a 5 gallon batch? If so, add water to bring it to 5 gallons.


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Old 02-23-2012, 04:18 AM   #3
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Well, what is the recipe?
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Old 02-23-2012, 04:25 AM   #4
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Partial boil? What's the OG reading from the hydrometer and what is the target?
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Old 02-23-2012, 12:53 PM   #5
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shoot, I didn't take an og reading. but it was definitely a five gallon batch, and judging from it's color, which is quite dark, I would say something's off. the recipe was for a cincinnati pale ale (again, the one at the very beginning of how to brew). fermentation has begun, as far as I can tell. y'all think I should add water now? wait? not at all? thanks.
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Old 02-23-2012, 12:55 PM   #6
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p.s. the recipe doesn't give a target og (assuming the author decided that was too complicated to explain to a beginner?).
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:02 PM   #7
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It sounds like a partial boil kit which means it's intended to be "topped off" in the fermentor. 5 gallon kit made with only 2.5 gallons wouldn't taste right. If it were me, I would top off immediately and shake the crap out of it to get it mixed.
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Old 02-23-2012, 02:30 PM   #8
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do you think that will that harm the fermentation at all? like kill the yeast or something? it's been fermenting since probably about 12 last night I think.
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Old 02-23-2012, 03:09 PM   #9
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It won't kill the yeast. It may disrupt them for a bit, but you should be fine. It is still early enough that you want O2 in there for the yeast to do their things so oxidation is not a concern. If you wait much longer, it could become a problem...
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Old 02-23-2012, 04:09 PM   #10
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great, I'm boiling some water now. thanks!


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