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Old 06-06-2008, 02:02 AM   #1
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Default 5 gallons for every beer?

Just a general question. Every one I talk to says to boil 6 gallons of water, because you'll lose about a gallon along the way. Is that just the standard for beer kits?

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Old 06-06-2008, 02:09 AM   #2
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It depends how long you boil for, whether you cover, and how big your boil is. I tend to lose about 5 liters.

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Old 06-06-2008, 02:16 AM   #3
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Yeah, I think that you really need to get your process figured out and take some notes. Then you can tweak a little here and there to get things consistently where you want them.

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If you boil off too much, then add a little water to get it to 5 or 5.5 gallons.

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It depends how long you boil for, whether you cover, and how big your boil is. I tend to lose about 5 liters.
Covering is a bad idea, BTW. It holds stuff in (sulfur compounds, I believe) that can cause nasty flavors in your brew.
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Covering is a bad idea, BTW. It holds stuff in (sulfur compounds, I believe) that can cause nasty flavors in your brew.
DMS (cooked vegetables), especially if you have pilsener malt in the brew.
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yes, a 60 minute rolling boil will reduce your wort volume 3-5L. More than that & you are wasting heat. Less than that and you may not be maintaining temperature, which impacts alpha acid utilization.

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