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Old 05-12-2009, 05:58 PM   #1
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Default Larger boil than 2.5 gal?

Would it make sense to boil as much as I can fit in my pot for the boil? I think I've seen somewhere on here that was the case. I'm getting ready for my second batch and want to know thoughts.

I have a 5 gal pot than I think I could easily boil 3-4 gallons in and then top off with water in the fermenter to 5 gal.

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Old 05-12-2009, 05:59 PM   #2
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Make sure you can actually boil that much before you try it.

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Old 05-12-2009, 06:06 PM   #3
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I use a 5 gal pot and usually boil 3-3.5 gallons. i am very carefull to watch it to avoid boilovers. I would think the bigger the boil the better, as you are not diluting it down when you add the wort to the primary. not to mention the fact that you get better hop utilization with a full boil, just what i have read on this forum.

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Old 05-12-2009, 06:09 PM   #4
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As long as your stove has enough oomph to get the volume up to boil and keep it there, Fermcap is a big help keeping it from boiling over.
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+ 1 on doing the biggest boil you can, I'm boiling ~ 4.5 and ending up with ~ 3.9 gallons and have found my beers to be better, lighter color and hoppier too!

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Make sure you can actually boil that much before you try it.
Good point. With my stove I can only boil about 3-3 1/2 gallons, and it takes a good 25-30 minutes to get it rolling. I definitely plan on getting a good propane (turkey fryer) type cooker. and a larger pot.
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Good point. With my stove I can only boil about 3-3 1/2 gallons, and it takes a good 25-30 minutes to get it rolling. I definitely plan on getting a good propane (turkey fryer) type cooker. and a larger pot.
i'm interested in this.... what type of stove do you have, gas or electric? if it's gas, do you know how many btu's it puts out?
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I've got a gas stove so I think I should be fine. I'll double check with water I guess before I go with my next batch. Thanks for all the info. As for the Simethicone, I used to work for a major baby wipe manufacturer and we used this in every formulation we had. The enormous mixing tanks needed it so they wouldn't make the factory into a foam party!

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i'm interested in this.... what type of stove do you have, gas or electric? if it's gas, do you know how many btu's it puts out?
i know its been awhile but to answer your question, its an electric stove. 25-30 m is a guess, i havnt actually timed it.
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+2 for do the biggest boil you can. It will make a huge differance in an extract brew.

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