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Old 01-08-2012, 02:35 AM   #1
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Default Converting Partial Boil to Full Boil

I'm still pretty new at this stuff, so please excuse me if the answer to this question is obvious. I've done 2 True Brew kit beers so far and they both call for a partial 2 gallon boil which is later added to 3 gallons water, and that's what I've done. However, I have a large enough kettle to do a full 5 gallon boil which as far as I can tell is the preferred method. So my question is, do I simply begin with 5 gallons vs 2, and follow the procedure as usual per the kit instructions? Or are there other considerations?


(I'm aware of the fact that I'll have to cool 5 gallons of wort vs 2).

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I'm still pretty new at this stuff, so please excuse me if the answer to this question is obvious. I've done 2 True Brew kit beers so far and they both call for a partial 2 gallon boil which is later added to 3 gallons water, and that's what I've done. However, I have a large enough kettle to do a full 5 gallon boil which as far as I can tell is the preferred method. So my question is, do I simply begin with 5 gallons vs 2, and follow the procedure as usual per the kit instructions? Or are there other considerations?


(I'm aware of the fact that I'll have to cool 5 gallons of wort vs 2).
You might have to adjust the hop amounts to get the right IBU's, but I'm just guessing on that...
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You will get a slightly higher hop utilization and slightly less caramelization of your lme w a full 5 gallon boil.

For most 5 gallon beers the bitterness change will be negligible. If you are concerned you can use beersmith or a similar program to predict and adjust.

I started full boiling on my second brewers best kit and was very happy w all my kit results after that. Go for it and take notes.

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