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Old 03-03-2010, 12:40 AM   #1
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Default Do I have to do 2.5 gallons for extracts?

Just curious if the kits are built specifically for 2.5 gallons of water or can I boil 5-6 gallons to avoid topping off if I have the ability? If so what is the advantage/disadvantage?

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Old 03-03-2010, 12:45 AM   #2
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Just curious if the kits are built specifically for 2.5 gallons of water or can I boil 5-6 gallons to avoid topping off if I have the ability? If so what is the advantage/disadvantage?

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Advantages: You get better hop utilization.

Disadvantages: Takes a lot longer to cool.
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Old 03-03-2010, 12:46 AM   #3
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Another advantage of larger boils is that lighter color beers come out closer to their target color (less carmelizaton of the wort)

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Old 03-03-2010, 01:16 AM   #4
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I hear that the beer turns out better....Thats just what I hear. However after hearing that I now have a keggle and a wort chiller sitting ready for my second batch this weekend.

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^ Sounds like you've answered your question. Or more accurately, are about to.

Add in a 10g cooler with a drain system and/or false bottom (buildable for less than $50) and you can go all-grain.

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Old 03-03-2010, 01:44 AM   #6
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^ Sounds like you've answered your question. Or more accurately, are about to.

Add in a 10g cooler with a drain system and/or false bottom (buildable for less than $50) and you can go all-grain.
I plan to eventually just want to get a few of the mini mash extracts under my belt first.
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Old 03-03-2010, 01:52 AM   #7
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The only thing you want to watch out for is if the recipe calls for using less than 5 gallons, your hop utilization will be off if you boil more (or less) than what the recipe calls for.

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