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Old 12-23-2009, 11:54 AM   #1
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i have been reading a few threads about doing full boils and i do know it's more efficiant but i keep seeing people saying you have to add more hops?could someone explain to me why this is?it seems to me that if your going to end up with the same amount of water that shouldn't really effect the amount of hops you need.also i have done a few kits latley with a full boil and not added extra hops.is this really going to effect the taste that muchand if so should i throw some more hops into the fermenter?


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Old 12-23-2009, 12:25 PM   #2
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Its actually the other way around. Full boils pull more out of the hops since the wort is less saturated with sugar. Putting hops into the fermenter is called dry hopping and won't add any bitterness, but it will add aroma.


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if you use beersmith or other brewing software you can see the difference in IBU (international bittering units) between partial and full boils. Cheers!
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Old 12-23-2009, 01:27 PM   #4
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+1 to other way around. FOr a full boil, you actually want to use less hops than you would in a partial boil. You get much better hop utilization so you don't need as many hops as you do in partial.

I use beersmith to adjust my hops down to the original IBU's. There are some free online calculators as well. If you need a rundown, let us know, we would be happy to help.

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Old 12-23-2009, 01:43 PM   #5
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apparently i had my head up my a** when i read the other threads!!!!thanks for steering me in the right direction.could you post some links as to where i can find these calculators?

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Old 12-23-2009, 01:46 PM   #6
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Here is a free recipe calculator I have used a few times.


http://beercalculus.hopville.com/recipe
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These are three that I have used in the past. Brewer's Lair is the best I think. Also, beersmith has a free trial that lets you do all this stuff before you buy. It is only 20 something dollars after that and has been super helpful for me.

Good Luck!

http://www.brewerslair.com/index.php...&d=calculators

http://www.brewersfriend.com/ibu-calculator/

http://www.tastybrew.com/calculators/bitterness.html
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Rebel Brewer has Beersmith for $17.95. This is for the downloaded version.

http://www.rebelbrewer.com/shoppingc...wing-Software/
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I am cheap and I like http://beercalculus.hopville.com/recipe because it is free and I can print off my recipes and the addition times (little tab on the right top corner of the page) along with the dates for switching to secondary and dry hopping etc. Holy run on sentance...


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