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Old 04-10-2008, 06:04 PM   #1
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I'm looking at my primary fermenter and the beer level looks low for some reason.... I've reviewed my brewing procedure and even with some evaporation taken into account, I should be around 5 gallons but it looks like I've got quite a bit less.

Would I be able to add sanitized water to my secondary fermenter if I do not have enough ? Would this affect the flavor of the beer at this point (watered down?), or should I just keep things they way they are?



 
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Old 04-10-2008, 06:12 PM   #2
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What was the gravity of the beer you put into your fermenter? What were you shooting for?
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Old 04-10-2008, 06:17 PM   #3
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Aside from your actual question, be sure to calibrate your carboy with a sharpie marker in the future. I start at the 4.75 gallon mark and go up to the neck in .25 gallon increments.
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Old 04-10-2008, 08:56 PM   #4
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Aside from your actual question, be sure to calibrate your carboy with a sharpie marker in the future. I start at the 4.75 gallon mark and go up to the neck in .25 gallon increments.
I was actually going to do this prior to this batch, but I forgot

Oh well, hopefully I will still end up with good beer.


EDIT: Actually, on the front page there was this picture

That looks about right for my beer, or very very close at least. I feel better already.


 
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Old 04-10-2008, 09:07 PM   #5
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This is 5.5 gallons in a 6.5 gallon carboy. Not exactly what you were after, but close.

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Old 04-10-2008, 09:36 PM   #6
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I have 2 five gallon bacthes is 6.5 carboys and you look pretty close.
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Old 04-11-2008, 03:01 AM   #7
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Another thing you may consider for the future: I used to do 5 gallons in the primary, but by the time it gets to the keg, I have just over 4.5 gallons. I now shoot for about 5.25 gallons (up to 5.5 gallons) in the primary so that I end up with 5 gallons in the secondary and just under that in the keg.

And +1 to Bobby. I start mine at 3 gallons and go up. My sight glass on my brew kettle is empty with 3 gallons to go (only 2.25 gallons in the carboy). I just like to monitor how close I am to being done, so I have the extra marks on there.
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Old 04-11-2008, 04:35 AM   #8
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Hmm, I think I have less than I thought....

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This is definitely not 5 gallons. Anyone got an estimate? What should I do? Add water to secondary?

 
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Old 04-11-2008, 04:39 AM   #9
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I would leave it as-is, personally.
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Old 04-11-2008, 04:42 AM   #10
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Here's a better picture


 
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