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Old 03-18-2012, 06:21 AM   #1
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So I got a new BK which is much wider than my old one, and my suspicion came true when I got my brew into the fermenter and discovered that I only ended with a little over 4 gallons on a 5 gallon batch.

My OG post boil ended up at 1.058 instead of the 1.050 I was aiming for so I think my efficiency was close..

What should I do: Top off to 5 gallons with distilled water or just leave it and drink fewer gallons of more concentrated beer?!

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Old 03-18-2012, 06:34 AM   #2
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I'd top off to hit my target OG. Do whatever you like! Might end up with a tastier beer if you leave it au natural...
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:33 AM   #3
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I have bottles of spring water available when I come up short on volume, but my OG is high. I try to stay true to the recipe as far as OG/FG. But, either way, your gonna be fine.

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Old 03-18-2012, 01:10 PM   #4
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If it's my own recipe that I'm brewing for the first time, I may just leave it since I didn't know exactly how it was going to turn out anyway. If I have a pretty good idea of what I'm shooting for or if I'm trying to replicate a trusted recipe, I'll adjust to hit my intended gravity. There are various calculators available to give you the correct amount of top-off water for dilution.
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:55 PM   #5

What? Water down good beer!!! Leave it alone. If you want watered down beer, go get a Bud! Make adjustments the next time you brew it.
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:57 PM   #6
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Beersmith's dilution tool says to add .7 gallons to get an OG of 1.050.

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