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  1. mattjgalloway

    Topping up to full volume

    Just did my first topping up batch. Hit the OG within 0.001. Seems good so far, but let's see what it's like when it's finished!
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    Topping up to full volume

    Interesting. How do you do that in BeerSmith?
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    Topping up to full volume

    Nice one :-). What about IBUs? Does it affect anything there? Do I need to change my calculations somehow?
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    Topping up to full volume

    I've just got a new fermenter which is 2 gallons in size. I've only had 1 gallon up until now. My boil kettle can hold around 7 litres, so ~1.5 gallons. So I can easily do a 1 gallon brew. But I'm wondering if I can top up the water at some point in the process to eek out to 2 gallons. I do...
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    Gravity issues

    So... it turns out that my hydrometer is reading +0.002. Which is, umm, what my OG and FG are out by usually! I've gone back and corrected my values everywhere and I'm feeling pretty good about my attenuations, and more realistic on the efficiencies now! I still need to watch the volumes, but I...
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    Stuck Fermentation - Dry Stout

    This exact same thing happened to me. Dry stout ending at 1.014 I mean. S-04 for me though rather than Nottingham. I bottled mine yesterday as it had been stuck at 1.014 for a few days. But then again, all of my brews seem to be ending up at a slightly high FG. I think I'm getting some...
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    Carboy vs bucket

    This is one of my reasons for going all bucket actually!
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    Carboy vs bucket

    Excellent! Thanks for all the advice everyone!
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    Carboy vs bucket

    Interesting... And it's OK to do a 1 gallon in a 5 gallon bucket?
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    Carboy vs bucket

    @Skep18 Great! Thanks for the thoughts! I think I may end up getting a 2 gallon bucket and then I can at least migrate up in the volume a little if I can find a slightly bigger pot.
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    Carboy vs bucket

    I only brew 1 gallon batches, for a few reasons. Mainly due to space constraints and the fact I like that I get to do more brew days and try more things. I'm only a few months into it and I have already done 7 brews. Anyway! I started with a Brooklyn Brewshop kit which has a glass carboy. It's...
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    Gravity issues

    Great question! Answer is two-fold. First, I messed up with 1 US gallon being 3.8 litres, whereas 1 imperial gallon (what I'm used to) is ~4.5 litres. And I was finding that it ended up just about right for my fermenter. But the fermenter is 3.8 litres, so that's why I started wondering about my...
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    Gravity issues

    Hey everyone. I'm having gravity issues with all of my brews. I usually overshoot the OG by a couple of points. And then the FG is overshot also by a couple of points. Now I may be able to answer my own question, but wanted to check here and see what people think. I have my volumes all set up...
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    Very low alcohol beer

    Ooo interesting. I would like to get the ABV down lower than 2% though if possible. What do you think I'd need to do to do that?
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    Very low alcohol beer

    Hey all. I'm still a novice, only 4 brews in, so bear that in mind here! I was wondering if anyone had any tips / thoughts on how to brew a very low alcohol beer, say around 0.5%. I know BrewDog have one, Nanny State, at 0.5%. It's really sweet, so I guess it has a high FG. Is it...
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