Extra 1/2 gallon?

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mullimat

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I have been seeing a lot of people saying to brew 5.5 gallons to make sure you can get a full 48 bottles full. Where would you put this extra 1/2 gallon? Would that be added to your boil or would it go into the fermenter to mix with your wort? Or does it matter?
 

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It depends...

If you have a big enough brew pot add it to your boil so it is sterilized. If your pot is too small then you will need to add it to your fermentor. You will need to preboil it to sterilize it.

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A larger primary fermenter is a good idea. I use a 6-gallon better bottle, others use buckets which are 6 gallons or more. The extra volume allows for a 5.5 gal volume, plus some extra headspace to prevent your kraeusen from escaping during an active fermentation. A 5-gallon carboy (or better bottle) is better for use as a secondary fermenter.
 
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