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Old 01-25-2006, 05:24 PM   #11
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So I'm getting mixed advice here. Next time should I boil all 5 gallons with the extract, or should I only do 2.5 gallons, then top off to 5 gallons. Or does it matter. Thanks for all the help guys.
the object is to boil as much of the 5 gallons as possible. so, if you have a brew kettle that can handle a full boil of 5-5.5 gallons, it's best to do that. the least amount of water you have to add after the wort is cooled and in the primary, the better. but either way works.
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I know this has been debated on here many times before. As usual, there is no right and wrong and I am pretty sure if you stacked up identical recipes with one doing partial boil and one doing full boil, you wouldn't be able to know the difference. (at least not me, anyway) So don't sweat it and do what works for you. Either way, you will still end up with beer.


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Edit....I think it is an all extract kit that jrabenhorst is talking about??? If not, then I'm off track. Full boils for all grain = good. Full boils for extract = not necessary.

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Old 01-25-2006, 06:38 PM   #13
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I know this has been debated on here many times before. As usual, there is no right and wrong and I am pretty sure if you stacked up identical recipes with one doing partial boil and one doing full boil, you wouldn't be able to know the difference. (at least not me, anyway) So don't sweat it and do what works for you. Either way, you will still end up with beer.


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One advantage of a full boil is you need less hops. Otherwise with extract I don't see much difference, it's been boiled once already at factory. Extract with grains, another story.
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Old 01-25-2006, 06:56 PM   #14
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The kit I was referring to was an all extract kit. However, my next beer, an American Amber does have some grains. Maybe another advantage to a full boil might be that you don't have to worry about keeping the additional water you would place in a partial boil sterile? What do you think?

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The 3 drawbacks I've seen referenced with respect to partial-wort boils are wort darkening/burning, lower hop utilization, and poor hot break. However, if I didn't have a big pot I wouldn't let it prevent me from brewing!

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Here is one old thread....http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthre...ract+full+boil

Do a search and you will find many more.

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If you can do them and can chill your wort down fast enough (thats key) do them. If not then don't worry to much about full boils. I made good beer for years without doing full boils. Just started full boils when I went AG.

If you do do full boils then make yourself a chiller. And imersion style is cheap to make.

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If you do do full boils....
man, that would hurt!
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man, that would hurt!
Maybe even worse than having a cow.
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I'm still waiting on bubbles in my airlock. It's been about 20 hours and no activity. I used a yeast starter to get a good amount of yeast in the fermenter, but to no avail. Also, there has been a thick layer of foam forming at the surface, a kraeusen, indicating that the yeast are doing their job, and when I press on the lid of my bucket I do get bubbles so I know I have a good seal. Is it normal to have to wait this long for bubbles?

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