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Old 08-01-2011, 01:37 AM   #1
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Default Dead Ringer IPA Full Boil

I have brewed six extract kits using partial boil and I would like to try the full boil extract method (5 gallons). I have been reading through the forum, but I would like some advice/clarification to some of my questions. FYI, I'm still learning the terminology for homebrewing, so I apologize in advance.

I am making the Dead Ringer IPA using an extract kit from Northern Brewer.

1. When I steep the crushed specialty grains, should I still steep it in 2.5 gallons of water for 20 minutes at 170 deg/F (what is stated in the directions), then add it to a 30 quart pot with about 4 gallons of boiling water on my propane burner? I have a wort chiller, so I'm not concerned about cooling the wort.

2. According to the directions for partial boil, below I listed the hop additions. How should I modify (if at all) the hops for a full boil?
-- 1 oz Centennial (60 min)
-- 1 oz Centennial (20 min)
-- 2 oz Centennial (5 min)
-- 1 oz Centennial (Dry hop)

3. Will a 30 quart pot be sufficient if I decide to pursue all grain brewing in the future?

4. Is a 6.5 gallon boil not enough/too much/just right considering some boil off that will occur?

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That all sounds right on. Welcome to the full volume club! All you need now is a mash tun and you can go AG!

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1. When I steep the crushed specialty grains, should I still steep it in 2.5 gallons of water for 20 minutes at 170 deg/F (what is stated in the directions), then add it to a 30 quart pot with about 4 gallons of boiling water on my propane burner? I have a wort chiller, so I'm not concerned about cooling the wort.
2.5 gal for 20 mins at 170*F will probably be fine but I would probably go 2.5-3 gals for 20-30mins. I'd probably go 155-160*F just to be sure I didn't extract tannins from the grain. Then sparge (rinse the grains) with the rest of the water used for the boil at 170*F.

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You can... I would recommend a 10 gal pot for all grain 5 gal batches. Just because with a 7.5 gal pot you'll need to watch for boil overs very closely but I've done it with 7.5.

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Depends on how much power you're putting into the boil and the surface area of your pot. I typically evap off about 1.25-1.5 gals/hr with the cheap burner I have but I'm also using a 10 gal pot with bigger surface area. You could just run a test with some water using the pot you want to use.
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for #2... What does the instructions say about the volume to boil the hops in currently for a partial boil? 2.5 gals?

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It will make delicious beer... don't worry!

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Thanks for the advice.

According to the partial boil instructions, the hops are added to a 2.5 gallon boil.

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it will be hoppier.

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Excellent, I love hoppy beers. After I make this one (and my scotch ale), I will look for the hoppiest recipe I can find.

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I did a full boil on this extract kit recently... just kicked the keg this weekend.

The process I used was as follows:
- I moved 0.25oz of the 60min addition to the 20 min addition. This gives 87.4IBU overall
- Added all extract at 15min
- Steeped specialty grains in 2.5gal at 150-160F, raising it to 170F at 20min
- Started with 6.5gal at beginning of boil, ended with ~5.25gal

Good Luck! This turned out amazing for me!

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I recently did my first full boil. I used a 7.5 gal pot, and started with 6 gal, and I came close to boiling over several times. I'm going to get a larger pot for the next batch. I think you'll enjoy the process more, now that you're not inside on a stove. Just make sure you set yourself up well in the new environment.

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