top off - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > top off

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 09-13-2007, 07:07 PM   #1
hemishot
Recipes 
 
May 2007
Michigan
Posts: 19


Just a quick question....After I have transfered from the primary(a full 5 gal.) to my secondary(now less than 5 gal.) can I top this off so it is back to 5 full gallons? In the process of transfer, being that there is sediment at the bottom, obviously you lose amount of brew, and same for carboy to bottling bucket. I don't want to lose flavor or have a watered down brew because I wanted to get more quantity. thanks!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2007, 07:08 PM   #2
Drunkensatyr
 
Drunkensatyr's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Apr 2007
Posts: 1,997
Liked 17 Times on 13 Posts


The only way to increase final yeild without effecting flavor or body is to increase your pre ferment qty.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2007, 07:09 PM   #3
Beerthoven
Recipes 
 
May 2007
Cary, NC
Posts: 2,176
Liked 36 Times on 31 Posts


No, do not top off your beer. Just brew a bigger batch next time.
__________________

Primary/Secondary: #133 Scottish 80/-
Kegged: #132 American Wheat
Planned: IPA, Brown, Pale Ale

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2007, 07:09 PM   #4
bradsul
Flyfisherman/brewer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
bradsul's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2006
Ontario, Canada
Posts: 4,898
Liked 32 Times on 25 Posts


You can top off if you want, but you will definitely be watering down your beer and changing the flavour. For me I never bother, I'd rather have a lesser amount of good beer than more of an average beer. You can try making slightly larger batches to account for the loss along the way (I think a lot of guys make 5.5G batches for example).
__________________
Brad
Canadian Brewers Unite!


Projects: Sylvania Kegerator Conversion, Tower Cooling, Grain Milling Station

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2007, 07:09 PM   #5
Orfy
For the love of beer!
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Orfy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2005
Cheshire, England
Posts: 11,732
Liked 94 Times on 62 Posts


You will get a lower gravity less tasty brew from doing this. It depends whether volume of body/taste is more important to you.

There is nothing wrong with a lower gravity brew if it fits the style you are after.

I personally would not be worried about the reduced volume.
__________________
GET THE GOBLIN
Have a beer on me.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2007, 07:10 PM   #6
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2006
UP of Michigan, Winter Texan
Posts: 69,421
Liked 7846 Times on 5498 Posts


You don't want to add water now- you'll just water down your beer. I usually make 5.25 gallons in the primary and then have 5 gallons in the secondary. Still, I lose some to trub at times. I just settle for a little less beer that tastes great rather than worrying about the yield. I still might get 48 bottles of a batch, so that's fine with me!
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2007, 09:00 PM   #7
niquejim
Burrowing Owl Brewery
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
niquejim's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jul 2007
Cape Coral Florida
Posts: 2,376
Liked 51 Times on 40 Posts


I agree with all above
Quality over Quantity

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2007, 10:33 PM   #8
DeathBrewer
Maniacally Malty
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
DeathBrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Apr 2007
Oakland, CA
Posts: 21,790
Liked 263 Times on 134 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by niquejim
Quality over Quantity
QFE
__________________
Easy Partial Mash Brewing - Stovetop All-Grain Brewing

"Death is always with us." - Brewpastor

Quote:
DIAICYLF
We will remember...

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2007, 07:36 AM   #9
Taygel
Recipes 
 
Jun 2007
Posts: 34

yea just buy a 6.5 fermenter

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools



Forum Jump