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Old 03-25-2011, 04:49 PM   #1
Dick562
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I only have a 5 gallon boil kettle and i will need about 6 gallons of wort to hit my final volume of 5 gallons after the boil. My question is since im limited by a 5 gallon boil can i just throw the extra wort in after the boil or should i throw it in after a 1 hour boil and then boil for another hour?

 
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Old 03-25-2011, 04:52 PM   #2
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Check out partial boils. Quite a few threads on the specifics. Kyle

 
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Old 03-25-2011, 05:17 PM   #3
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Well, if it's all grain, he's going to have to boil it all. I definitely wouldn't just throw in the extra at the end of the boil. It's incredibly important that you kill any microbes in the wort. Boiling is also important for proper hops utilization.

I can think of two options (not counting buying a bigger kettle):

1. Scale down your recipe to fit your brew kettle. This is simple and can be done with brewing software.

2. Perhaps if you have a second smaller pot, you can put the remaining wort in it and boil it separately. And divide the hops proportionally amongst the two pots.

Whatever you do, boil it all!

 
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Old 03-25-2011, 05:21 PM   #4
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I think it's pretty common for people to split boils, too. Especially for people without an outdoor propane burner that struggle bringing 5 gallons to a boil on a stove top.

 
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Old 03-25-2011, 05:37 PM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by aggiejay06 View Post
Whatever you do, boil it all!
+1

Even if you only boil the last gallon for only 10 min, all of the wort needs to be boiled.
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