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Old 11-14-2011, 07:37 PM   #1
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Default Full 5 gallon boil in a 28 quart kettle

I'm an extract brewer and, unfortunately, don't have much cash. Right now my boil kettle is 28 quarts. But I want to do full boils for the hop utilization but I'm pretty sure I'd boil over with that capacity.

I can afford either a chiller or larger pot but not both right now so I'm leaning towards a chiller. So my idea:

Use my boil kettle to steep my specialty malts, dissolve my extracts and hot break with, say, three gallons water. In a separate pot, boil 4 gallons or so and have ready (HLT). After my hot break I don't seem to have any risk of boilover, so I would turn off flame and add hot water to bring the wort up to my preboil volume - 6.5 gallons or so. Then, bring the kettle back to a boil, add hops and continue as normal.



Any holes in that plan?



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Old 11-14-2011, 08:17 PM   #2
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You could do full volume from the very beginning if you just get some FermCap for foam control. Steep and boil starting with about 6 gallons in your 7 gallon pot, use some FermCap to prevent boilover, and if you're a little short after the boil (should be less than 1/2 gallon at the most), just top off with a little extra water after cooldown!!

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/fermcap-s-foam-inhibitor-1-oz.html



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That sounds ideal. Never heard of Fermcap but it turns out my lhbs sells it. Thanks!

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You could probably save on the chiller for now since the weather is turning.
It wont be long till you can stick that pot of wort in a snowbank for a few months while you save for a chiller.

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Look how close I get to the top of the kettle using Fermcap.



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Look how close I get to the top of the kettle using Fermcap.
I get that close without using Fermcap. Probably should use it... but I just monitor my boil and don't let it get too crazy.
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This is indoors, correct?

Your stove can boil 5+ gallons in 1 pot?

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is boilover bad other than the mess? if it boils over a couple times, with a hose set on mist for general control, is that okay?

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I'd think boil over would have a direct effect on either OG. Plus, it is pretty messy.

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This is indoors, correct?

Your stove can boil 5+ gallons in 1 pot?
Oops - guess I should have mentioned this was a half-batch and a 90-minute boil. So, with .85 gal/hour boiloff, this was about 3 3/4 gallons, pre-boil, and that's about the limit of my stovetop.


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