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kskiles

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Brewing today, an American Style Pilsner. All went well until I got to the wort chill. Put the immersion chiller in and opened the spigot. Phone rang and went to answer it. Came back 3 minutes later only to find that I had a leak around where the hose connected to the chiller and I had my pre-boil volume of liquid in my brew pot.

Reheat the entire volume, boil out the liquid and rechill?

Scrap the batch?

A better idea (FORD)?
 

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3 minutes later the liquid was probably still high temp, and you would potentially have to top off anyways if it was extract. I'd just go with it.
 
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No, it was down to about 130. 3 min was a guess as to how long it was. All grain brew to answer that part.
 

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Oof. I'd boil it down, maybe add some DME if you added any post-bittering hops. I haven't done a pilsner yet, so I don't know how a typical hop schedule goes, but a cursory search tells me you're going to want some more malt to balance the extra bitterness that would develop.

OTOH, do you treat your water to get rid of chloramines? I must, and if I (hypothetically) accidentally got more than a quart of tap water in I'd pitch the batch rather than drink bandaid beer.
 
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Probably about a gallon of water was added.

I am boiling it back down. Good idea to add some DME to help offset the Saaz Hops that were added at 30 min and flameout.
 
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OK "Charlie"!. I would have a homebrew except my keg of pale ale kicked this afternoon as I was making this batch.

I boiled about 3 qts out of this and I am going to re-chill (post repairs) and take it from there. I am sure I will be short on the OG but S_ _t happens!
 

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I had to fix my wort chiller because of a minor leak at the hose-copper junction--we used teflon tape to seal it up nice and tight with the pipe clamp.
 
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Thanks all for the quick replies. I boiled the extra liquid out of it. I added a cup of DME co compensate for the late addition hops. I was shooting for 1.058 OG and finished with 1.054.
 

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I look forward to hearing how it tastes! How long did the add'l boil take? Did you add any extra hops at (second) flameout?
 
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Well, this beer is still fermenting. I did a Diacetyl rest for a couple of days this past weekend and have moved it back into cooler temps. Will post final gravity and such when it becomes available.
 
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Sorry, I did not answer elves questions. It took about 35 minutes to boil out the excess. I did not add any extra hops, only about 1 cup of DME to try to offset the added bitterness from the extended hop boil time.
 
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