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Old 12-29-2013, 01:48 PM   #1
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Default If I'm able to boil 5 gallons of water..

If I'm able to boil 5 gallons of water with my stove and a 6 gallon pot, does that mean I can bring the same amount of wort to boil? Or does boiling wort take more energy?

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Old 12-29-2013, 01:50 PM   #2
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I would think you could. Impressive if your stove can handle 5 gallons of anything.

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Sounds like you're on the right track - just keep in mind that, for a 5-gallon batch, you need to account for boiloff - something in the neighborhood of a gallon for a 60 minute boil.

But sounds like you're in good shape to do full-boil 4-gallon batches, if that's what you're after.

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I would think you could. Impressive if your stove can handle 5 gallons of anything.
Yeah, I was pretty surprised too Thats why I'm pretty sceptical if it's going to work with wort too.
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Sounds like you're on the right track - just keep in mind that, for a 5-gallon batch, you need to account for boiloff - something in the neighborhood of a gallon for a 60 minute boil.

But sounds like you're in good shape to do full-boil 4-gallon batches, if that's what you're after.
Thanks for the advice!
Will the last gallon of the 6 gallon pot be able to hold the hot break in?
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You may have trouble with the hot break, I normally aim to get 6 gallons in the fermenter for 5 gallons of finished beer, so if you are boiling 5 gallons you will end up with less than 4 going into the fermenter when you account for the trub.
I don't put my trub into the fermenter btw

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Thanks for the advice!

Will the last gallon of the 6 gallon pot be able to hold the hot break in?

I usually boil 6.5gallons in my 7.5gallon pot. I definitely recommend using fermcap S or some other foam control or be excessively vigilant on stirring to prevent boil over at least till you hit your hot break. Keeping a spray bottle on hand is also helpful. So it can be done with proper attention.
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You might have issues with boil over in your 6 gal pot if you try to do a 5 gal boil; I have to be extremely careful when doing a 4 gal boil in my 6 gal pot. It can be done, but will be messy the second you look away.

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Foam Control will help. I can boil 9.75 gallons in my 11 gallons as long as I use FermCapS.

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What type of brewing are you doing?

Extract
BIAB
All Grain

If you are doing extract than there is nothing wrong with boiling 5 gallons and topping off with water in the fermenter to get back to 5 gallons.

You also have to remember that adding extract (liquid or dry) will increase your volume so you will actually be using less than 5 gallons of water.

Also, are you using a lid on your pot to get the water boiling?

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