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Old 12-31-2009, 05:54 PM   #1
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So for Christmas I received a home brewing equipment kit including 2 buckets, a better bottle carboy, hydrometer, thermometer, auto siphon, and such as well as an immersion chiller. I'm planning on brewing an extract kit IPA first in the next week or so. My first question is aluminum vs stainless...ha ha, kidding, I know it's been done. I have a 30qt aluminum pot with my turkey fryer.

anyway, I purchased a digital thermometer that keeps temperature trends and put it in the basement. So far the reading has been from 60 to 62 degrees. It seems right on the cusp of acceptable fermentation temp from what I've read. Should I utilize a brew belt for an IPA while fermenting or will the temp be ok?

Thanks, trying to read up as much as I can before I get started. Sooo much to know.

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Old 12-31-2009, 06:10 PM   #2
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Welcome to the board

Your temp should be fine. Remember that fermentation can raise the temp of your brew as much as ten degrees above ambient.

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60-62 is perfect for some beer types and yeasts. by adding a brew belt you increase the temp 5-8deg and that puts you in a whole new range for yeasts and flavors.

I'd say your Fermentation location is as perfect as it gets!

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OK...hold on a min. My last name is Hamm......where u at in Del?

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OK...hold on a min. My last name is Hamm......where u at in Del?
northern delaware, the newark area. you?

ok, so I picked up an IPA kit and it says to boil 2.5 gallons of water and then add water at the end to get to 5 gallons. Is this considered a partial boil? would it be better to do a full 5 gallon boil from the beginning?
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Newark - that's close to at least one other member here that I know that lives up that way.

Keep an eye out for the MD brewday threads down in the gatherings area if you want to come down and brew with us and learn and (more importantly) get your drink on with a couple HBT guys.

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If you have the capability to do a full boil, go for it. I started out with partial boils and made some fantastic beers.

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A full boil will give you better hop utilization.

So if you really like IPAs, and the kit is an extract + hops kit go for it. It will be more bitter and hoppier than the partial boil expected by the kit.

If it's a pre-hopped kit, then there will be no change at all.

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northern delaware, the newark area. you?

ok, so I picked up an IPA kit and it says to boil 2.5 gallons of water and then add water at the end to get to 5 gallons. Is this considered a partial boil? would it be better to do a full 5 gallon boil from the beginning?
I live in Colora, MD (Cecil county), just down the street. Yeah, if you have a pot big enough to do a full boil than go for it. Of course you'll loose some to evaporation. You can either start out with more or better yet since it's your first go around, just top off your fermenter to reach the 5 gallon mark.

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Oh yeah, I forgot to say "Welcome to the addiction". If you like good beer, you'll be in with the rest of us...

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