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Old 10-30-2009, 10:24 PM   #1
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I have an awesome pot that holds 11 gallons. I have still only been doing partial boils. Now that I have a wort chiller, I would like to begin doing a serious boil. Should I boil an entire 5 gallons for a 5 gal batch? Or should I do something more like 3 or 4 gallons with filling it up with fresh water to match the 5 gallons?

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Old 10-30-2009, 10:30 PM   #2
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You need to figure out your boil off rate, then add over 5 gallons such that at the end of the boil you end up approximately your desired 5 gal.

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Old 10-30-2009, 10:33 PM   #3
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That makes sense how should I find the boil off rate? Is it worth trying to boil that much if I have an electrical stovetop? I live in an apartment and a gas grill would be tough.

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Old 10-30-2009, 10:39 PM   #4
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That makes sense how should I find the boil off rate? Is it worth trying to boil that much if I have an electrical stovetop? I live in an apartment and a gas grill would be tough.
Boiling that much water on an electric stove may be too much. Try starting with a 5 gallon pot of water and see how long it takes to get that to a rolling boil. If it is fairly fast then give it a try. In my opinion you may not get the rolling boil with that much water on an electric stove. The usual rate is one gallon an hour.

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