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Old 03-25-2011, 05:39 PM   #1
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First off, thanks to everybody who answers any questions. This is one of the friendliest more helpful forums ive been apart of!!

Now, im getting ready to use my Brewers Best Imperial Blonde Ale kit this weekend. It says to use a partial boil. I have a 35 quart pot. Can/should i do a full boil? What will i have to change in the instructions if i do use a full boil?

 
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Old 03-25-2011, 05:48 PM   #2
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Consider it paying it forward. You'll do the same one day I'm sure.

I think it always behooves one to do a full boil. In this case, your primary concern will be hops utilization. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, bc I could be flip-flopping it, but I believe you'll get more hops utilization by boiling the full volume. Thus, to get the intended IBUs, you'll need to reduce the amount of hops you use somewhat. Someone's got to have a link to a calculator that will help adjust this.

 
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Old 03-25-2011, 05:56 PM   #3
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I would do the full boil if your stove can handle it or if you have a gas burner. Be careful though, even in a 35 quart pot you can get a boilover with 6 gallons. You will want to decrease the hops a little due to better utilization in the larger boil but I don't know if you would notice the added bitterness in an Imperial Blonde.
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Old 03-25-2011, 06:07 PM   #4
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There are a few on this site that say a full boil with extract winds up tasting better. I say give it a try,it certainly won't be the worse for it. they claim it's better because you're not "topping off",over & above hop utilization & all that Einstein stuff.
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Old 03-25-2011, 06:23 PM   #5
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So I change how long a steep then boil? Do I change when I add each hops?

 
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Old 03-25-2011, 06:41 PM   #6
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no, i wouldnt worry about the steeping at all and if you were going to do a full 60 min boil, stick with that. the only thing that will change is your hops and the utilization of the AAUs. There are calculators to help figure that out or im sure if you post your recipe, someone can beersmith it for you
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Old 03-25-2011, 06:51 PM   #7
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no, i wouldnt worry about the steeping at all and if you were going to do a full 60 min boil, stick with that. the only thing that will change is your hops and the utilization of the AAUs. There are calculators to help figure that out or im sure if you post your recipe, someone can beersmith it for you
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Old 03-25-2011, 06:51 PM   #8
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I'm on my phone right now, but if u go to brewers best website, they have the recipe for imperial blonde.. so the grain bag would stay in for the whole 60 min boil?

 
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Old 03-25-2011, 07:00 PM   #9
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All the bb kits i have done i did the partial boil. The directions say do this because the recipe was designed to work this way. So they claim the hops might not be right if you do a full boil.

 
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I'm on my phone right now, but if u go to brewers best website, they have the recipe for imperial blonde.. so the grain bag would stay in for the whole 60 min boil?
I think what they were trying to say before was don't worry about changing the steeping from what's in the directions. I would steep as they say to, and then start the full boil. You don't want to boil it with the grains in there. I can't think of anything beneficial coming from that. There are potential (debatable) downfalls of boiling the grain.

 
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