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Offline kyle38

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Topping Off
« on: June 10, 2013, 01:13:24 PM »
I brewed yeseterday and while transferring to my fermenter had a spill.  I lost about 3 of 10 gallons, but still pitched my yeast.  Would it be ok to re-brew another small batch to top off the fermenter?
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Re: Topping Off
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2013, 01:25:16 PM »
Whoa! Sorry for your loss   :'(  I don't see why you couldn't do that.  Might be a bit tricky to get your IBUs and gravity figured out, but it's a lot better than topping off with water.  I suppose you could just chalk it up to pouring some out for your homies, but if you have the time and ingredients...why not?
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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2013, 01:33:33 PM »
Oopsy daisy. Thanks for posting. Makes me feel good about the little stains on my man cave floor

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Re: Topping Off
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2013, 07:00:27 PM »
Cool, thanks for the feedback.  I'll give it a shot tomorrow, I was pretty excited about this beer and was really bummed about the spill.  It's a bit difficult to explain...I had a valve on my fermenter get stuck in the open position.
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Cherry Saison
Tripel
Orange & Black IPA (2012 world champ brew)
Robust Porter with Brett

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White IPA
Flanders Red

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Re: Topping Off
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2013, 07:01:52 PM »
All of my "spills" are a bit hard to explain

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Re: Topping Off
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2013, 08:41:08 PM »
All of my "spills" are a bit hard to explain

What's hard to explain about having too much of the final product?  ;D
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Re: Topping Off
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2013, 12:01:13 PM »
As long as fermentation is still fairly active. I wouldn't add fresh wort to yeast that have slowed down or, especially, if they've floculated.
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Re: Topping Off
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2013, 03:52:41 PM »
+1 on not adding fresh wort a day later to a fermenting wort.  Also, wouldn't try to hold off pitching yeast to a fresh wort over a day.  Sorry for the lost... RIP spilled wort, but let it go.  Enjoy what you can still ferment and drink.  Trying to top off with fresh wort or fresh water at this point just means you will end up screwing up the 7 good gallons remaining.

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Re: Topping Off
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2013, 04:03:42 PM »
+1 on not adding fresh wort a day later to a fermenting wort.  Also, wouldn't try to hold off pitching yeast to a fresh wort over a day.  Sorry for the lost... RIP spilled wort, but let it go.  Enjoy what you can still ferment and drink.  Trying to top off with fresh wort or fresh water at this point just means you will end up screwing up the 7 good gallons remaining.

I don't know about that. I mean I wouldn't add fresh wort after a week but 1 day? sure. and I hold off pitching yeast for more than 24 hours all the time. no problems.
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Re: Topping Off
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2013, 09:13:47 AM »
If you have the yeast, you could also brew a small batch, let it ferment on its own, then blend the two together after they're done.  On the other hand, for my setup at least, brewing a large batch isn't much more work than brewing a small batch, so I would be inclined to leave the 7 gallons alone and brew 10 gallons of the same beer again after the first one finished.

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« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2013, 07:43:17 PM »
All of my "spills" are a bit hard to explain

What's hard to explain about having too much of the final product?  ;D

Yesterday draining my mash tun. Wife says "I think you're leaking"   I look down and valve is open on the boil kettle. Only lost a quart, but ya... Too much final product or too many distractions. All is well though

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Topping Off
« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2013, 03:13:13 PM »
+1 on not adding fresh wort a day later to a fermenting wort.  Also, wouldn't try to hold off pitching yeast to a fresh wort over a day.  Sorry for the lost... RIP spilled wort, but let it go.  Enjoy what you can still ferment and drink.  Trying to top off with fresh wort or fresh water at this point just means you will end up screwing up the 7 good gallons remaining.

I don't know about that. I mean I wouldn't add fresh wort after a week but 1 day? sure. and I hold off pitching yeast for more than 24 hours all the time. no problems.
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