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Jonathan Henderson
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Username: Henderson1966

Post Number: 196
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 4.154.126.206
Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - 04:15 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A friend of mine who's getting out of the hobby gave me some extracts so I did my first non-all grain beer in a long time. Long story short, I ended up with an OG of 65 for an American Amber Ale (IBU=32).

Could I simply add a gallon of water to the secondary to bring this down (to 54 according to Promash)? Has anyone ever done this before? Is it better to add the water at bottling or should I just let it be and drink a sweet beer?
 

Dan Listermann
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Post Number: 2001
Registered: 03-2004
Posted From: 65.29.220.144
Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - 04:34 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If you do dilute it, be sure to remove the O2 from the water by boiling and cooling it.

But why listen to a moron anyway?

Dan

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Randy McCord
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Post Number: 509
Registered: 02-2003
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Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - 04:51 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Dan, did I miss something? Why all the degrading questions at the end of your posts? I've always took your advice as knowledgable. I must've missed something.
 

Dan Listermann
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Post Number: 2003
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Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - 05:03 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Well Randy, there are some "person(s)," you know. . . but what do I know, right?

Dan

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Colby Enck
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Post Number: 258
Registered: 06-2003
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Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - 12:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Jonathan:

I did this with a cream ale this summer. Boiled a gallon of water, let it cool, then added it when I kegged the beer. There were no problems.

If you have a setup where you can bubble CO2 through the water for a while, that would also help to eliminate O2 in the water which could cause oxidation.
 

Richard Nye
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Post Number: 1022
Registered: 01-2004
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Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - 01:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Jonathan, it will also dilute the hop flavor leaving you with a less hoppy beer.
 

Bill Pierce
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Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - 02:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The best time to add water is pre-fermentation. Adding it after the fact will reduce the body in addition to the hop character. On the other hand, if the beer is already sufficiently hoppy and has enough body, go ahead and add boiled and cooled (to greatly reduce the dissolved O2) water.
 

Hophead
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Post Number: 1809
Registered: 03-2002
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Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - 05:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

DL, "snap out of it"!

I would recommend against adding water to the beer that late in the process, it tastes very diluted and thin to me, better off blending IF you don't like what you have.

By the way, I promise to NEVER quote cher again. Never Ever...
 

David Woods
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Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - 05:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

OG too high!!!

Since when did that become a problem?

David
 

Jonathan Henderson
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Username: Henderson1966

Post Number: 199
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - 08:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have to admit that I don't like the idea of adding water to fermenting or fermented beer. Would a better option be to add some hop extracts to balance out the sweetness? (if needed)

On a similar note, a year ago I made a helles that came out sickening sweet. I got the idea of boiling some hops in water for an hour, cooling it, then adding it to the keg. The resulting beer had the taste of freshly cut grass. Yuk.