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zanemoseley

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So I'm a bit confused about batch sizes needed. My first brew I topped off to exactly 5 gallons and I ended up getting about 4 less bottles then I expected (54), I thought this was probably due to the liquid left in the trub and yeast cake. So the second batch I topped off to 5.5 gallons and my OG was low from the instructions. So which is right?
 

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Going by the straight math you should get about 53 bottles to a 5 gallon batch but for me anywhere in the neighborhood of from 48 up to 55 is cool with me. I'd say 50 is average for me subtracting trub.
 

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If you are referring to kits, most extract kits are put together for 5 gal. into the fermenter. Where you are seeing 5.5 gallon batches is probably when people are formulating their own recipes to make up for the extra 1/2 gal.

As dontman said, I also average about 50 bottles for a 5 gal. batch.
 

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I'd be more concerned about having the correct gravity than having a certain number of bottles. Try this- top up to 5 gallons, stir very well and take the gravity. If you're still a little over what the recipe says, then you can top up to 5.5 and get those extra bottles without watering down the recipe.

I purposely adjust my batches for 5.5 gallons so I get the best of both worlds :D
 
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