Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > Increasing Boil Off
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 12-07-2009, 07:09 PM   #1
Joetuo
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Roselle, IL
Posts: 66
Default Increasing Boil Off

I am thinking of making 6 gallons of a big imperial stout like 10-11% ABV, only problem is that it looks like it is going to have to boil for about 3 hours to get back down to 6 Gallons after the mash. Am I just stuck with an very long boil or is there something I can do to speed things up.

__________________
Joetuo is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-07-2009, 07:18 PM   #2
doggage
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Posts: 564
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts

Default

First of all, you shouldn't need to boil for that long. I've made beers pushing 10 percent with a 90 minute boil and a 60 minute boil. Just use more grain to mash with.

You can also add extract to boost your gravity.

You also need to make sure you have a way to carefully control the temperature of the fermentation if you're planning to get 10-11 percent out of it.

__________________

Last edited by doggage; 12-07-2009 at 07:22 PM.
doggage is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-07-2009, 07:22 PM   #3
Joetuo
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Roselle, IL
Posts: 66
Default

The Grain bill already has my 10 gallon mash tun at max capacity so I can't increase my grain anymore. Using some extract isn't a bad idea and I should be able to hold temperatures for the fermentation.

__________________
Joetuo is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-10-2009, 02:40 PM   #4
Richabt
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Posts: 442
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

I have a similar limitation except I have a 5 gallon MLT.
Using extract to supplement has worked fine for me.

__________________
On Deck:
Primary: Hefe
On Tap: Backporch IPA, Rosemary Pale Ale
Richabt is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-10-2009, 04:02 PM   #5
Bobby_M
Vendor and Brewer
HBT_SPONSOR.png
Vendor Ads 
Feedback Score: 2 reviews
 
Bobby_M's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Whitehouse Station, NJ
Posts: 22,019
Liked 980 Times on 654 Posts
Likes Given: 28

Default

You can also use a pound or two of table sugar to boost OG without a problem.

__________________
BrewHardware.com
Sightglass, Refractometer, Ball Valve, Weldless bulkhead, Thermometer, Decals, Stainless Steel Fittings, Compression Fittings, Camlock Quick Disconnects, Scale, RIMS tube, Plate Chiller, Chugger Pump, Super Clear Silicone Tubing, and more!

New Stuff?
Bobby_M is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-10-2009, 04:06 PM   #6
MultumInParvo
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Posts: 791
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bobby_M View Post
You can also use a pound or two of table sugar to boost OG without a problem.
Yup, I agree here. On that big of a beer you won't notice.

But for whatever reason, I like long boils. You get more of the smell throughout your house (if you're inside) and its just kind of fun to watch. I haven't had any issues with lower attenuation due to caramelization but I have read it could be a problem. But on that big of a big I'll doubt it'll matter. Maybe it'll just add some complexity as well.
__________________
MultumInParvo is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-10-2009, 05:38 PM   #7
Joetuo
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Roselle, IL
Posts: 66
Default

Thanks for the advice, I think I will just scale back my grain bill to get to a more manageable boiling time and just make up the rest in Extract.

__________________
Joetuo is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pressure increasing all on its own? jwb96 Bottling/Kegging 1 05-04-2009 03:01 PM
Increasing ABV madegret Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 14 04-30-2009 07:40 PM
Increasing body batfishdog37 All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 2 03-09-2009 05:24 PM
Increasing OG by Adding Extract Late-Boil petrolero Extract Brewing 0 08-11-2008 11:38 PM
Increasing ABV by using more sugar? ctalbot Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10 11-23-2007 03:13 PM