Hi all - long-time lurker, first-time poster. This site has been an amazing resource!
Anyway, I have a question about adding H2O to the brewkettle while boiling. I currently use DB's PM method (and Flyguy's $3 autosiphon, and a host of other techniques learned from trolling HBT; but that's a different story), and do my boils in a 5-gallon pot. My stove is pretty powerful and I can get 4-4.5 gallons to a rolling boil without too much difficulty.
My question is this: during the course of 60-min boil, I usually end up boiling off close to a gallon. Might it be worth it to keep a second pot of boiling water on the stove (or even a tea kettle) which I use to add boiling water to the boiling wort? People here generally seem to endorse full-boils over partial-boils - might this be a good way to better approximate a full boil? i.e., if by 40 minutes I've boiled off 3/4 of a gallon of liquid, would I be helped by adding 3/4 of boiling water to the BK for the last 20 minutes of boiling, especially if I can do so without disturbing the boil in the BK? Then after the wort is cooled I'd only have to top off with a gallon or less of cold H2O, rather than 1.5-2 gallons.
My thinking is that this might help with hop utilization, caramelization, etc. Just a thought. What do people think?
Thanks in advance for help!