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Old 10-08-2008, 05:06 AM   #1
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When topping off with water do you stop at 5 gal or 5.25 to leave room for the turb at the bottom?


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Old 10-08-2008, 05:11 AM   #2
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What volume does your recipe call for? Original Gravity? I believe you mean Trub and you should not worry about it, the recipes final volume includes everything that would be produced after a brew. RDWHAHB


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5 gal, but no recipe. Just some stuff of the shelf and a general plan
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Old 10-08-2008, 06:03 AM   #4
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Entirely up to you. I brew all grain, so no top off water, but I usually try to end up with around 6 gallons in my fermenter to allow for any losses that may occur before it reaches the bottle, so I usually end up with 5 gallons in the end.
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I measure out everything including how much water the grain will soak up - bottem line is I have about 5.2gallons in the carboy.
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I usually top off to the 5 gallon mark. Thats what most of my recipes call for and I just do it that way even if the don't.
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I top off until I hit my target SG to within a point or two (i usually go a little bit over on the extract to ensure I'm a little high). Most of the time I'm at about 5.5 gallons, one time I got almost to 6.
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I top off to a minimum of 5.25 gals and take a gravity reading.

If it's still higher than I want I just add another 1/2 gal.

I've only gone to 6 gals a couple of times.
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Is there an easy way to take a reading??? Using an auto siphon is a pain at times.
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Is there an easy way to take a reading??? Using an auto siphon is a pain at times.
With one o' these- made by the same company that makes the auto siphon.



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