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Old 05-09-2012, 11:30 PM   #1
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Default Full boils with extract kits?

Do you guys make any adjustments if the kits you're using (most of them do) say the recipe is for 2.5 gallon boils, but you are doing a full 5 gallon boil?

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Old 05-09-2012, 11:33 PM   #2
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No. You are essentially doing a full volume boil, you might want to do 6 or 6.5 gallons depending on your evaporation rate.

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No. You are essentially doing a full volume boil, you might want to do 6 or 6.5 gallons depending on your evaporation rate.
Whew. Good to know. I did a little over 6 gallons with my first batch and it came out right at 5 gallons after the boil.
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I guess i was speaking more towards hop adjustments and the like rather than adjusting the volume of water.
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I did my first batch about 3 weeks ago, and it was a full boil using a kit with partial boil instructions. Based on what I'd read, I dialed the hops down (used Beersmith to figure the amount), and added all the LME at the beginning. I don't think late additions are necessary when doing full boil.

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I did my first batch about 3 weeks ago, and it was a full boil using a kit with partial boil instructions. Based on what I'd read, I dialed the hops down (used Beersmith to figure the amount), and added all the LME at the beginning. I don't think late additions are necessary when doing full boil.
Where exactly do you go on beersmith to figure this type stuff? It seems you have to pay for their software, but i'm kinda retarded when it comes to this.
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Where exactly do you go on beersmith to figure this type stuff? It seems you have to pay for their software, but i'm kinda retarded when it comes to this.
BeerSmith is free for something like 21 days. You could download it, try it out, and then purchase it if you like it. I tried many programs and sites before purchasing BeerSmith, and it's by far my favorite.

You could also try hopville dot com. You can create an account for free, make as many recipies as you like, and donate if you really like it.
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No. You are essentially doing a full volume boil, you might want to do 6 or 6.5 gallons depending on your evaporation rate.
Is there an easy way to determine your evaporation rate?
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Old 05-11-2012, 07:02 AM   #10
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Is there an easy way to determine your evaporation rate?
Some of the brewing software does provide pre-boil data, but generally in the 1 hour boil, at average humidity of 30-40% you will lose 1 gallon in a vigerous boil. ProMash tells me .88 galons!

No need to adjust your hops. Hop additions will be determined by the style of beer you are brewing.

Are you reading The Joy of Homebrewing or How to Brew? Both great starter books that will take you from extract brewing on your stove through all grain brewing.

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