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Old 04-28-2008, 06:58 PM   #1
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I brewed a 5 gallon batch.. I started with 2 gallons of water in the fermenter and then a little over 3 gallons for the boil..

when it was all said and done.. i wound up with about 4- 4 1/2 gallons in my carboy...

Will that affect the outcome?? That it came up short of 5 gallons...

 
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Old 04-28-2008, 07:01 PM   #2
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Just top it up to 5 gallons with preboiled, cooled water.
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Old 04-28-2008, 07:05 PM   #3
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Was the original gravity what you expected? If it was high you could have topped off with boiled and cooled water.

Is this an all grain batch, extract, partial mash?


Regardless of all above, it will be fine.
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Old 04-28-2008, 07:09 PM   #4
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Dont' worry about it. I was low on my last batch and I still ended up with 44 bottles instead of the usual 48-50. Your beer will just be a little bit stronger and there will be a few less bottles to consume. If you add boiled water at this point, you may be watering down your beer.

 
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Old 04-28-2008, 09:19 PM   #5
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I steeped 1 lb of grain maris otter.. then 6 and 1/2 lbs of light DME... i had a slight boil over but not enough to lose 1 gallon of water(wort)...

Just wonder if the beer will have to much body only being concentrated inside of 4- 4 1/2 gallons with the amount of malt i used

 
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Old 04-28-2008, 09:53 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dumptrucksally
. i had a slight boil over but not enough to lose 1 gallon of water(wort)...
Prob lost it in evaporation.

 
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Old 04-28-2008, 09:58 PM   #7
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Add the water it will be fine

 
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Old 04-29-2008, 03:23 PM   #8
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I've been adding bottled spring water to top up for years with no problems... beer still is plenty tasty and does the business!

 
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Old 04-29-2008, 03:45 PM   #9
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I use Chicago tap water for top off.
Hope theres no issues.

 
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Old 04-29-2008, 10:16 PM   #10
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+1 using bottled water for emergency top offs
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