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messi 01-16-2007 07:55 PM

Amount of Boiling Water

I've read posts about some people using 1 and a half to 4 gallons of water in a 5 gallon pot. Besides the difference in color, what effect does changing the amount of water have on taste?


the_bird 01-16-2007 07:57 PM

One of the biggies is that a more concentrated boil will result in lower hops utilization - less bitterness.

homebrewer_99 01-16-2007 08:12 PM

I start my boil at 1.5 gals and top off to 5.25 gals.

Most of the time I use up to 1.5 oz of bittering hops and no aroma or flavoring hops. I rarely ever use 2 oz in a batch.

I've been experimenting some lately using only 5 lbs of DME per batch trying to get an enjoyable light ale without it being a diet brew.

Once I used 4 oz, but most of it was for flavor and aroma.

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