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Old 06-14-2014, 11:47 AM   #1
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Default Boil Volume vs. Boil Vigor

Hi everyone,

Quick basic homebrew question. When doing a partial boil for extract recipes, do you place more importance on overall boil volume, or on having a very vigorous boil? My first two batches I have leaned towards volume, and they came out tasting great. However, I was constantly paranoid of a boil over. Would I reap any benefits from dropping volume down by say 0.5-1 gal and having a stronger boil? I have read that clarity can improve as a result.

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Old 06-14-2014, 11:54 AM   #2
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The closer you get to full volume boil is a benefit for flavor. So I believe you are on the right track. Personally, rather than reducing the amount you boil, I suggest buying a larger boil pot, say around 44 qts. That way, when/if you decide to go all grain, your already covered...as far as boil pots anyway.

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I would recommend Fermcap-S. It will let you worry less while you are saving pennies for a bigger bot.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f163/tak...mcap-s-478310/

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There is no need to go overboard on the application of heat. As long as most of the surface of the wort is rolling you have a boil. Excessive heat will only make your beer darker in color due to the Maillard reaction.

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Awesome - thanks for the input. Definitely will plan to get a larger brew pot!


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