I just finished up my first brew day WOO!!
A couple questions from it. This was a full boil extract recipe, so I boiled 6 gallons of water after steeping specialty grains in 1 gallon of water. Here are my questions:
1.After your done steeping the specialty grains, when you bring the burner up to boiling and cut the heat to add the extract, do you then wait until its boiling again to start the 1 hour timer, or start it right when the heat is put back on.
2.I was using a banjo burner outside, and it was pretty windy. I didn't realize the black piece you connect by the hose was to protect from the wind, so I just didn't use it. When I started it I started it with the vents completely shut, then when it was lit, I turned it up and opened the vents all the way. At full blast with the vents all the way open, I could not get the wort past 210 degrees Fahrenheit. It also took about 50 minutes to get the initial cold water temp to 210 Degrees. This produced very little boil the entire time and used an entire grill propane tank. I covered the kettle almost half the time and it still didn't boil. Is there a better method to this? I've heard of people using these halfway open with no problem, was it just because of the wind?
3.Will the beer suffer if the wort did not really boil to hard? Like I said it was at about 209 to 210 the entire time with very little boiling if at all. I did end up with 5 gallons almost on the dot, so that at least worked out well!