Did my first 2 batches yesterday via turkey fryer and full 5 gal boils. Now today, I have the most beautiful vigorous fermentations going yet.
On the stout, I've had to rig up a blowoff hose and that thing is going crazy. Both are extract batches a blond ale that I pitched Coopers dry (15 gr) and the stout pitched with dry s-04. Just wondering, I've read that the 5 gal boil would help with hop utilization and elimination of the "extract wang taste" but had not heard it would have such an effect on the fermentation. I suppose these batches would have done just as well doing my old partial boils but I'm just curious if anyone else has ever noticed a difference like this. I did cool down using a immersion chiller (which is new to my processes, in the past I did an ice bath in the kitchen sink) and otherwise aerated by pouring back and forth between buckets like always. Anyways, thanks for your comments!!