01-23-2013, 04:09 PM
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You should be fine. If the pH is in the proper range (under 6 ), then you will not extract tannins if you go over 170 (just a ballpark temp.) People do decoctions where they boil part of the grains and have no tannin issues.
Topping off with extra water is fine. Hitting the target OG is nice, but not necessary - unless you get into competitions. Depending on how full your carboy is, you can wait until the vigorous fermentation has stopped to add the water (or even when packaging) to help minimize blow off. I typically just buy distilled water to do this and haven't had a problem.
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