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mattxhand 04-15-2012 06:31 PM

How small can a partial boil be?
 
I am getting ready to brew a 5 gallon batch and was wordering how small the partial boil could be. My stove can't provide enough energy to boil much water.

Thanks

JoeyChopps 04-15-2012 06:45 PM

How much is not that much?

mattxhand 04-15-2012 06:56 PM

I have trouble getting 2 gallons to boil steadily. Takes about 45 minutes to get it past 200.

ReverseApacheMaster 04-15-2012 06:59 PM

You can make a small partial boil, but you will need to adjust the hops for the volume. I would be concerned about getting a lot of scorching from having such a thick boil.

JoeyChopps 04-15-2012 07:00 PM

I'm not super sure how small u could go but at say a gallon and a half I would be scared of scorching the wort with 5 gals worth of fermentable sugars in such a small volume. Is getting a burner and boiling outside out of the picture? Also if u know anything about electricity u can look into a heat stick in the electric section of the forum. Chopps

mattxhand 04-15-2012 07:08 PM

My only option is going to my parents' house about 15 minutes away and transporting from there.

I guess my question now is if I do a five gallon batch there, could I transport the wort in my car from their house to mine and then pitch the yeast when I get home?

jonnyp1980 04-15-2012 07:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mattxhand
My only option is going to my parents' house about 15 minutes away and transporting from there.

I guess my question now is if I do a five gallon batch there, could I transport the wort in my car from their house to mine and then pitch the yeast when I get home?

I'd cool it, pitch it then transport.

mattxhand 04-15-2012 08:52 PM

Is it okay to agitate it that much with the yeast pitched?

jonnyp1980 04-15-2012 09:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mattxhand
Is it okay to agitate it that much with the yeast pitched?

I don't think you will agitate it that much. During and after fermenting is when you don't want to introduce more 02

Toy4Rick 04-15-2012 09:10 PM

Why not split all the ingredients in half and do two 1/2 boils. That is what I have been doing now for almost a year.

Yes I adjusted my hops down a bit, heck I even cut them back when doing a partial boil as I don't care for hoppy beer.

Good luck and enjoy
Toy4Rick


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