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Please Help: Short on Primary Volume!

Hi,

I just brewed an ALL GRAIN “Dead Ringer” IPA recipe from Northern Brewer. Here’s the recipe.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/dead ... n-kit.html

So my pre-boil volume was 6.5 gallons. My post boil volume was 5.25 gallons. (That’s my normal burn off) When racking to my primary, I only ended up with 4.25 gallons from my BK. How come this happened? I think this is because I boiled 6 gallons of sparging water, and only used about 5 because I have my pre-boil volume already at 6.5. Should I have used all the sparge water?

I hit my target SG. However, my OG, which was supposed to be 1.064/1.066 came in at 1.070. Could I have added water to dilute slightly?

Any insight and help would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers,
Jimmy

[quote=“goudaphunk”]Hi,

I just brewed an ALL GRAIN “Dead Ringer” IPA recipe from Northern Brewer. Here’s the recipe.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/dead ... n-kit.html

So my pre-boil volume was 6.5 gallons. My post boil volume was 5.25 gallons. (That’s my normal burn off) When racking to my primary, I only ended up with 4.25 gallons from my BK. How come this happened? I think this is because I boiled 6 gallons of sparging water, and only used about 5 because I have my pre-boil volume already at 6.5. Should I have used all the sparge water?

If you had 5.25 in the kettle, and only 4.25 in the fermenter, you didn’t transfer everything.

I hit my target SG. However, my OG, which was supposed to be 1.064/1.066 came in at 1.070. Could I have added water to dilute slightly?

You hit your target SG where? If you were targeting an OG of 1.064-1.066 an you reach 1.070, you didn’t hit your target gravity.

Any insight and help would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers,
Jimmy[/quote]

[quote=“Nighthawk”][quote=“goudaphunk”]Hi,

I just brewed an ALL GRAIN “Dead Ringer” IPA recipe from Northern Brewer. Here’s the recipe.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/dead ... n-kit.html

So my pre-boil volume was 6.5 gallons. My post boil volume was 5.25 gallons. (That’s my normal burn off) When racking to my primary, I only ended up with 4.25 gallons from my BK. How come this happened? I think this is because I boiled 6 gallons of sparging water, and only used about 5 because I have my pre-boil volume already at 6.5. Should I have used all the sparge water?

If you had 5.25 in the kettle, and only 4.25 in the fermenter, you didn’t transfer everything.

I got ever drop of beer I could out of my BK.

I hit my target SG. However, my OG, which was supposed to be 1.064/1.066 came in at 1.070. Could I have added water to dilute slightly?

You hit your target SG where? If you were targeting an OG of 1.064-1.066 an you reach 1.070, you didn’t hit your target gravity.

[color=#4000FF]I hit my target SG when measured just before I began my boil to add hop additions.
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I appreciate your response. I am slightly perplexed. Not gonna lie.

Any insight and help would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers,
Jimmy[/quote][/quote]

Somewhere your measuring is off. Did you leave 1 gallon of hops/break material in the boil kettle?

Yes you could add water to the wort to dilute bring the gravity down. And the volume up.

What was the preboil gravity?

[quote=“Nighthawk”]Somewhere your measuring is off. Did you leave 1 gallon of hops/break material in the boil kettle?

Yes you could add water to the wort to dilute bring the gravity down. And the volume up.

What was the preboil gravity?[/quote]

My pre-boil gravity was 1.055.

http://www.brewheads.com/newvolume.php

Based on the above calculator, 6.5g of 1.055 wort boiled down to a 1.070 gravity would have a volume of 5.1g. Add in 1pt to 1qt of loss for hops/trub, you are getting close to the 4.75g mark.

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