Originally Posted by cap1
I have a question about the AHS Double Chocolate Stout. I just received my partial mash kit in the mail. I want to do it as a full boil but the instructions are for a partial boil. Should I increase the sparge water and mash water to about 3 gallons each so when it reduces in the boil i end up with 5 gallons? How else would I go about doing a full boil?
Don't they have the instructions for a full boil, too? I thought they had added them. Anyway, you want to mash the grain first. A good rule of thumb is 1.25 quarts per pound of grain at 153 for one hour. Then sparge with up to .5 gallons of water per pound until you either reach your volume or use up that much water. You can then top up with water to get to your boil volume. You may want to post your recipe in the recipe forum, so we can take a look and see if you need to adjust your hopping. Usually, you need to reduce your bittering hops about 25% in a full boil, due to the higher hops utilization.