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Old 02-22-2009, 11:56 PM   #1
Dec 2008
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Ok so the book I use as a guide for homebrewing calls for 4.5-5 gallons of water and bringing it to a boil then removing it from heat and adding LME/DME, hops, etc. But in other books they use half the amount of water and top off the carboy with cool water to reach the desired 5 gallon mark. Is there a difference in terms of quality with the beer in the end?

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Old 02-23-2009, 01:19 AM   #2
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Yes, it's best to boil as much as your setup is capable of. Keep in mind you'll lose about a gallon during a good hour long boil.

You can make good beer by only boiling 2-3 gallons and then topping off to 5, but your hops utilization is better with a larger boil. With a partial boil you can also hold off on adding some of the extract until the last 10-15 minutes, this helps with the hops utilization and also helps keep your color lighter.
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