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Old 05-02-2011, 05:15 PM   #1
theotheragentm
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The way I was taught to brew with extract was to use half the total volume and top it off with bottled water. This saves boiling time and cools the wort pretty quickly too, but it seems to me you could use even less water and just top off with more water. It seems to me that you could use 2 gallons of water instead of 2.5 gallons. You'd just have more concentrated wort until you topped off your fermenter. Is that right or is there a critical mass of water you want to work with in your wort?

 
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Old 05-02-2011, 05:18 PM   #2
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There is something about the kits are created to work with the level of sugar in the wort during the boil. If you use less water, you beer could be more bitter from the hops being utilized more.
That's what I've heard. ( I think )

 
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Old 05-02-2011, 05:25 PM   #3
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you're opening a can of worms here.. read this:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/hop-utilization-178668/

Looks like you could boil as much or as little as you want. The lower limit is probably how much water do you feel safe using before you're scorching the extract.

 
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Old 05-02-2011, 05:30 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bruin_ale
you're opening a can of worms here.. read this:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/hop-utilization-178668/

Looks like you could boil as much or as little as you want. The lower limit is probably how much water do you feel safe using before you're scorching the extract.
Oh forgot about that.

Actually I didn't notice much difference when I boiled 6.5 gallon for my amber extract kit.

 
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