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zandrsn 11-16-2012 07:48 PM

First Runnings Boil Down Question (Magic Elixir)
Hi all,

I am going to be making a Russian Imperial Stout in which I'll be taking a gallon or so of first runnings, adding a bit of turbinado sugar, and boiling it down to around a pint. I've used this method before (both with and without extra sugar) in order to impart more rich caramel flavor and depth. My question is, should I add a bit more sparge water to compensate for the loss of boil volume, or should I just keep my volumes as they would be if I weren't doing the boil down (as I've done in the past).


zandrsn 11-23-2012 02:04 PM


Mb2658 11-23-2012 03:48 PM

You could up your sparge water or top up before you boil. I don't think that you will see a huge difference with one over the other. Extra sparge water might aid in a bit better efficiency.

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