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Old 02-12-2011, 12:34 AM   #1
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I've been doing lots of reading on how to best improve my extract brews, and I've seen lots of discussion on doing full boils, hop utilization, and doing late-additions of extract. Then I had the thought of separating my hop boil and DME boil, and simply combining them in the fermenter before pitching. For instance:

I have two SS stockpots; one 5-gallon and one 3-gallon. I would start with 3.5 gallons in the 5-gallon pot, which I would bring to a boil and then start my hop additions, with no DME added. Meanwhile I would bring 2 gallons to a boil in the 3-gallon pot and steep my grains at ~150F, then bring to a boil and add my DME until fully dissolved. Once my hops are done boiling I would cool both in an ice bath then pour together into my fermenter, pitch my yeast, then shake like crazy to mix/aerate.

Would this work, or am I not understanding something about what's happening during the boil?


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Old 02-12-2011, 12:39 AM   #2
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You need sugars for hop utilisation. It would be better to split the amounts evenly between the pots. There might be a magic number that would allow you to put all the hops into one pot with a little bit of the extract and then the majority of the extract in the separate pot.

Two pots for a five gallon batch seems a little too cute for me. I wouldn't have the patience to deal with the extra hassle.



 
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Old 02-12-2011, 12:44 AM   #3
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You need sugars for hop utilisation. It would be better to split the amounts evenly between the pots. There might be a magic number that would allow you to put all the hops into one pot with a little bit of the extract and then the majority of the extract in the separate pot.

Two pots for a five gallon batch seems a little too cute for me. I wouldn't have the patience to deal with the extra hassle.
I completely agree that 2 pots may be overkill for a 5-gallon batch, but I don't have the space/means to do full boils or go all-grain, and wouldn't mind a little extra work if it mean better brews.

Thanks for pointing out that sugar is needed for hop utilization, I'll look into that some more.
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Old 02-12-2011, 01:40 AM   #4
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Instead of boiling wort in one pot and hops in another, you could just split the boil into both pots: wort and hops in both pots
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Old 02-12-2011, 02:04 AM   #5
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this probably won't help your situation any, but this is what i did on my most recent batch. i just recently got a 7.5 gallon pot and now have two brewpots also (the 7.5 and a 5 gallon).

also, like you, i have limited choice on my brewing options. i brew on my elec. stove. two batches ago, i got the 7.5 gallon pot so i could attempt full boils. the electric burner struggled to get anything more than a rolling boil.

the last time i brewed, i used both pots. i steeped my grains in 3 gallons of 155* water while boiling 2 gallons in the other pot. once steeped, i added my extract to the 3 gallons, stirred it up well, added the 2 (now boiling temp) gallons, stirred, added hops and boiled for an hour.

doing it this way allowed for a little more vigorous a boil. i haven't been able to taste either batch yet as they both are still in carboys. of course, with a 5 gallon pot, i wouldn't recommend doing this, but maybe on a smaller scale? or if you could get a larger brewpot you could try it?


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