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Old 12-28-2012, 03:00 AM   #1
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I've gotten a 9 gallon brew kettle, so now I can do full boils instead of partial boils. I'm looking for any tips or suggestions you might have. Thanks!

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Old 12-28-2012, 03:04 AM   #2
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Just make sure you have a good way to cool your wort. Ice bath won't be fun

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Old 12-28-2012, 06:37 AM   #3
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+1 one on the wort cooling. I'm really new to home brewing, but a wort chiller was one of my first purchases, after a full boil-sized kettle (worried about my success with DIY so I bought one). I can't imagine waiting around the garage for my kettle to cool after the boil, even with the winter cold to assist.

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Old 12-28-2012, 07:32 PM   #4
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From my reading full boils will have better hop utilization, so you may want to adjust your recipes accordingly if they are formulated for partial boil. A 10 gal kettle is my next equipment purchase, looking forward to making better, more IBU heavy IPAs.

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Old 12-28-2012, 08:58 PM   #5
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Thanks! Fortunately, I have a wort chiller. Did any of you make significant changes to partial boil recipes?

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Afaik, if you're doing 5 gal extract kits the instructions are intended for full boil unless they say otherwise.

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Old 12-29-2012, 05:02 PM   #7
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Afaik, if you're doing 5 gal extract kits the instructions are intended for full boil unless they say otherwise.
What's the difference between a full and partial boil? I'm new to home brew, got one batch under my belt and my second is in the bottle.

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What's the difference between a full and partial boil? I'm new to home brew, got one batch under my belt and my second is in the bottle.

Brent
I believe (unless I'm mistaken) they're talking about starting with 6 gallons or so of water to boil and not diluting it (unless you over boil) vs starting with 3 or 2.

I brew in my apartment so I have one option, and it isn't 5 gallons. I've never had any issues with how I've brewed and if you're going 5 gallon non-diluted, you better have a kickass propane burner because otherwise you're gonna spend a long time waiting.
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In a partial boil you boil a concentrated 2 to 3 gallon wort and make up the difference with cold water to get to 5 gallons before adding yeast (pitching). This works well for kitchen brewers with limited equipment and smaller kettles. In a full boil you boil the entire batch volume plus extra water for loss to steam. You need bigger kettles (8 gallon minimum) that don't really work on the stove top. Cooling all that hot wort generally requires a chiller since it's impractical to move and takes too long using an ice water bath. The advantage is better combination of flavors, better hop utilization, and practice for all-grain brewing which requires a full boil. If you plan on remaining an extract brewer the advantage isn't really worth it as there are simple ways to counter the disadvantages....

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Also looking to jump into full boils and I don't have a chiller.

Would a 25' immersion be sufficient, or do you really need a 50' immersion wort cooler to get the results.

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