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Old 04-25-2009, 06:12 AM   #11
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^^^^

My wife has me doing the dishes after her friends were over and the wort is boiling up a storm now. I started with a 7.5 gallon boil and it looks light and theres a pretty low gravity.

I think I'm going to have to boil off quite a bit, and like you said, get down to the right gravity.

The buzz is gone and I'm just taking copious notes.

By the way, any guess on how long it takes to boil off 2 and half gallons?! :P

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Old 04-25-2009, 06:43 AM   #12
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With a rigorous boil, I boil that off in about an hour and 45 min. Volume will shrink a bit as it cools down as well. You're brave to do your first AG batch that late. I did that once and got to bed at about 4am.

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Old 04-25-2009, 07:20 AM   #13
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This has nothing to do with bravery, its called ignorance! I've got a volume of about 6.5 gallons now and a gravity of 1.054.

I think when I hit about 6 gallons, I'm going to go for the first hop drop.

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Old 04-25-2009, 09:15 AM   #14
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Well, I cant complain. I wound up with a 1.070 OG and the recipe called for 1.072 and I still have a little fight left in me.

Thanks for the help on this one fellas. Next time, I'll start at noon, not 8 PM.
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Old 04-25-2009, 01:12 PM   #15
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Geez, I was thinking of getting up to brew, and this guy is just going to bed. Glad it turned out ok.

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Note to self: Start AG at 12 noon!

Also, how do I calculate volume for the amount of hops and other junk that falls out? It looks like I might only wind up with about 4.5 to 4.75 gallons.

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Old 04-25-2009, 07:55 PM   #17
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Note to self: Start AG at 12 noon!

Also, how do I calculate volume for the amount of hops and other junk that falls out? It looks like I might only wind up with about 4.5 to 4.75 gallons.
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I think it really depends on the type of beer, setup etc. I figure for every 5 gallon batch, I keep about 5.5 gallons in the boil pot. This leaves a half a gallon to soak up the trub/break material.
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