I just racked my homebrew into a carboy for a secondary. I read somewhere that I should fill it to within and inch or two to the top. I didn't have enough and read that I should top off with water. I am not comfortable doing this as I don't want to water down my brew. How critical is it to have it to the top? I have about 7 inches from the brew to the bottom of the stopper. This is in a 5 gallon carboy. I initially started off with 6 1/2 gallons. This boiled down to just over 5. Not sure where I lost any or even if my carboys hold more than 5 or not. Anyway I think I'll just let it sit as is without the adding of water but woul like to know for future brews if this miminal gap in necessary.