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Old 10-18-2011, 08:56 PM   #1
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Most extract kits say do a 2.5 gallon boil then add to 3 gallons cold water in primary.

I have a 30qt turkey fryer and wanted to do a full 5.5 gallon "Caribou Slobber" boil. Will I screw anything up? I know to watch for boil over.

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Old 10-18-2011, 09:01 PM   #2
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Your hop utilization will be different, increase I believe. You will not screw anything up, just make a better beer. Well done!

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Old 10-18-2011, 09:05 PM   #3
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Hop isomerization will go up. In effect more IBU's. The sugar content will remain the same.

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Old 10-18-2011, 10:23 PM   #4
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Yep, you'll just need to back off on the hops. Find some recipe software (there's free stuff out there) and plug in your recipe but change the boil and batch sizes. (I usually assume I will boil off a gallon in an hour.) Then adjust your hop schedule (try to keep same ratios) to hit your target IBUs. IMO, Beerens is right-- you'll make better beer.

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I did a full boil and used the hops and hop schedule as NB instructions and mine came out fantastic.... Great kit and beer! Either way a full boil will be the way to go...

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Also consider how you are going to cool your wort. You will not have the 3 gallons of water to add if you do a full boil. Have fun.

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Old 10-20-2011, 06:16 PM   #7
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One more question... When steeping my grains do I steep it in 5.5 gallons of water or 2.5 gallons and then add the other 3? Should I just start out with 5.5 gallons? acuenca, what did you do?

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One more question... When steeping my grains do I steep it in 5.5 gallons of water or 2.5 gallons and then add the other 3? Should I just start out with 5.5 gallons? acuenca, what did you do?

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I used a 1 gallon per pound rule of thumb.
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steeping is not mashing -no pH to worry about. Steep in the full pot. 5.5-6 gal,
I start cold, drop in my grains, heat to about 155 and hold it about 20 min, then pull them out and proceed.

my boil-off/evaporation is a bit higher - I start with 6.5 gal.

if/when you go all-grain, you just mix the flavor/color additions in with the base malt and mash it all together.

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steeping is not mashing -no pH to worry about. Steep in the full pot. 5.5-6 gal,
I start cold, drop in my grains, heat to about 155 and hold it about 20 min, then pull them out and proceed.

my boil-off/evaporation is a bit higher - I start with 6.5 gal.

if/when you go all-grain, you just mix the flavor/color additions in with the base malt and mash it all together.
"Steep small, boil big." Here's one reference:

http://www.byo.com/stories/technique...ck-up-your-kit

There are others.
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