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d37fan

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I bottled my first batch last night, and due to dry hopping in the secondary, I came up a few bottles short of 48 for a 5 gallon recipe. I know some brew 5.5 and 6 gallons for this reason, but at what point do you have to adjust the recipe to account for the extra water addition?
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Generally, just not sweating the precise number of bottles is good. Have 55 or so 12 oz (or equivalent volume) ready to go, and expect not to use all of them - as for the precise number you get on any given batch, "it varies".

Batch size is driven more by pot and/or fermenter size. i.e., I brew enough to be fairly sure of filling my 5 gallon secondaries pretty full, after leaving the usual amount of trub in my primary. From a blowoff point of view, a touch less in the primary would be good. Precise number of bottles out the end is not really a consideration. If a batch has more trub, the secondary is not as full. If it has less I'm sometimes figuring out what to do with an extra quart of green beer.
 
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