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Old 11-07-2012, 09:17 PM   #1
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I did my second Brewer's Best kit and bottled today. I understand that you generally lose some beer when siphoning before and after fermentation. Both times though it has been about 6-8 bottles short of their stated "53 12 oz bottles" on the side of the box. Am I making a big deal out of nothing? Also, could this mean I'm over priming if I use the packet of sugar they include in the kit?

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Old 11-07-2012, 09:21 PM   #2
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I started brewing using Brewer's Best kits. I never ended up with more than 48 bottles or so. It does depend a lot on how filled you make your bottles. 1 or 1.5" from the top is more beer than 12 oz in most bottles.

You don't really need to secondary unless you are dry hopping a beer. If you just rack (siphon) the primary into your bottling bucket after 2-3 weeks of fermentation you will lose less beer.
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:02 PM   #3
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I dry hop in primary after FG & the beer settles out clear. I usually get 48 bottles out of 5 gallons. I think I got 51 once.
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:09 PM   #4
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It's not just a loss from transfer but also to trub loss. If you top off to exactly 5 gallons you can expect to lose .25-.5 gallons IME and yes, you should be priming to the finished volume of beer you bottle.

If you want to bottle a full 5 gallons then the recipe needs to be adjusted to account for the additional volume prior to losses.
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:30 PM   #5
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I can attest to the 5 gallon batch really being closer to 4.25-4.5. Make sure you top off to 5 gallons in fermenter... I just added 2 gallons of water and thus was off due to the 120 minutes of steeping/boiling. Also led to higher OG's than anticipated.

 
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:42 PM   #6
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My first 2 batches I only ended up with about 42 beers, it took me awhile to perfect racking around the trub and getting the last bit of good beer out, my last 4 batches I have been between 48 and 53 beers and I fill just over 5 gallons.
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:58 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone! On a side note, if I was stupid and only brewed and bottled a pumpkin spice porter today, will it last until next fall with the standard Brewer's Best bottle caps?

 
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:02 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone! On a side note, if I was stupid and only brewed and bottled a pumpkin spice porter today, will it last until next fall with the standard Brewer's Best bottle caps?
Not if you drink it before then

 
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:52 PM   #9
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You can store capped beer for years as long as your sanitation practice is good.
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Technically,you need beers to be high aBV to store well. Hoppy beers need to be consumed in a couple months or less.
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