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Old 01-10-2013, 12:26 AM   #1
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Default How much beer is in this carboy?

The image below is my first brew (Fat Tire clone). After two weeks in the primary (ale pail) I siphoned to my 5 gallon Better Bottle for a week in secondary before bottling. My concern is that the carboy doesn't look very full to me.

When I topped off my wort in the ale pail on brew day I got it up to the 5 gallon line on the outside of the pail. When I racked to secondary there was some trub that I didn't siphon over, but it didn't seem like that much.

I know it's important to have an estimate as to how much beer I have so I don't over-prime it. And it's kind of bumming me out that I might not get as many bottles as I thought.




Edit Jan 14
I bottled this brew yesterday and got 45 bottles out of it. 45*12oz = 540 oz = 4.2 gallons.


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Old 01-10-2013, 12:34 AM   #2
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Its a rough approximation, but if you look at this guide on the BB website

http://www.better-bottle.com/products_master.html

That looks to be a bit over 4 gallons if it is indeed in a 5 gallon better bottle


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Old 01-10-2013, 12:36 AM   #3
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Once you empty it, measure out a gallon at a time and mark the outside with a sharpie. Works like a charm.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:54 AM   #4
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Its a rough approximation, but if you look at this guide on the BB website

http://www.better-bottle.com/products_master.html

That looks to be a bit over 4 gallons if it is indeed in a 5 gallon better bottle
Thanks, I see that page says 5 gallons is filled to the bottom of the neck. Man... where did my beer go?
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:58 AM   #5
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Thanks, I see that page says 5 gallons is filled to the bottom of the neck. Man... where did my beer go?
If you put 5 gallons in the bucket and left the trub behind when you racked I would say that's where it went.
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If you put 5 gallons in the bucket and left the trub behind when you racked I would say that's where it went.
I know, it can't be very mysterious can it. I also took a couple beer thief samples from the primary.

However I am wondering about the accuracy of the gallon markings on the outside of my ale pail now (see this thread: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/ale-...curacy-182894/). When I get my current brew out of there I'm going to check them.
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After you empty this, and before your next brew, mark your bottle on the outside with a sharpie at one gallon intervals.
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Based on my Sharpie-marked 5 gal BB, that is about 4.5 gals. You'll maybe lose up to another 1/4 gal to trub going into the bottling bucket, so about 4.25 into bottles.
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4G 1QT -/+ a pint...

But Coz' answer was the most useful. After a while you'll start to know just by looking....
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You're just gonna have to make more


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