Full 5 gallon boil in a 28 quart kettle - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Full 5 gallon boil in a 28 quart kettle
Cool Brewing Giveaway - Supporting Membership Drive & Discount

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-14-2011, 08:37 PM   #1
Moonlighter
Recipes 
 
Apr 2011
Sequim, Washington
Posts: 158
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts



I'm an extract brewer and, unfortunately, don't have much cash. Right now my boil kettle is 28 quarts. But I want to do full boils for the hop utilization but I'm pretty sure I'd boil over with that capacity.

I can afford either a chiller or larger pot but not both right now so I'm leaning towards a chiller. So my idea:

Use my boil kettle to steep my specialty malts, dissolve my extracts and hot break with, say, three gallons water. In a separate pot, boil 4 gallons or so and have ready (HLT). After my hot break I don't seem to have any risk of boilover, so I would turn off flame and add hot water to bring the wort up to my preboil volume - 6.5 gallons or so. Then, bring the kettle back to a boil, add hops and continue as normal.



Any holes in that plan?



 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2011, 09:17 PM   #2
TopherM
Recipes 
 
Mar 2011
St. Petersburg, FL
Posts: 3,967
Liked 446 Times on 352 Posts


You could do full volume from the very beginning if you just get some FermCap for foam control. Steep and boil starting with about 6 gallons in your 7 gallon pot, use some FermCap to prevent boilover, and if you're a little short after the boil (should be less than 1/2 gallon at the most), just top off with a little extra water after cooldown!!

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/fermc...itor-1-oz.html


__________________
Primary #1 - Midnight Ryeder (Midnight Wheat and Rye)
Primary #2 - Florida Weiss
Primary #3 - Kane-DOH APA (Honey Citra APA)
Secondary #1 - Downtown Flanders Brown (brewed August 2012)
Keg #1 - Raspberry Florida Weiss
Keg #2 - Cinnamon Raisin Cider
Keg #3 - NONE!
Bottled - NONE!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2011, 09:28 PM   #3
Moonlighter
Recipes 
 
Apr 2011
Sequim, Washington
Posts: 158
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


That sounds ideal. Never heard of Fermcap but it turns out my lhbs sells it. Thanks!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2011, 11:27 PM   #4
wolfman_48442
Recipes 
 
Mar 2011
Fraser, MI
Posts: 531
Liked 11 Times on 11 Posts


You could probably save on the chiller for now since the weather is turning.
It wont be long till you can stick that pot of wort in a snowbank for a few months while you save for a chiller.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2011, 11:32 PM   #5
JonM
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
JonM's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2010
Milwaukee
Posts: 7,235
Liked 2405 Times on 1427 Posts


Look how close I get to the top of the kettle using Fermcap.
Click image for larger version

Name:	image-441325848.jpg
Views:	231
Size:	8.0 KB
ID:	38407  
__________________
Who is this Rorschach guy? And why did he paint so many pictures of my parents fighting?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2011, 11:53 PM   #6
huge1s
Recipes 
 
Jul 2011
Monument, CO
Posts: 238
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by JonM View Post
Look how close I get to the top of the kettle using Fermcap.
I get that close without using Fermcap. Probably should use it... but I just monitor my boil and don't let it get too crazy.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2011, 01:30 PM   #7
Unibrow
Recipes 
 
Jun 2011
Cleveland, OH
Posts: 446
Liked 10 Times on 8 Posts


This is indoors, correct?

Your stove can boil 5+ gallons in 1 pot?
__________________
I'm trying to catalog every brew online so I don't have to keep notes all over the house. Check it out on my blog site below:

http://brewzak.wordpress.com/

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2011, 01:57 PM   #8
chigundo
Recipes 
 
Nov 2011
west hartford, ct
Posts: 115
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


is boilover bad other than the mess? if it boils over a couple times, with a hose set on mist for general control, is that okay?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2011, 05:24 PM   #9
Moonlighter
Recipes 
 
Apr 2011
Sequim, Washington
Posts: 158
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


I'd think boil over would have a direct effect on either OG. Plus, it is pretty messy.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2011, 05:27 PM   #10
JonM
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
JonM's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2010
Milwaukee
Posts: 7,235
Liked 2405 Times on 1427 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Unibrow
This is indoors, correct?

Your stove can boil 5+ gallons in 1 pot?
Oops - guess I should have mentioned this was a half-batch and a 90-minute boil. So, with .85 gal/hour boiloff, this was about 3 3/4 gallons, pre-boil, and that's about the limit of my stovetop.


__________________
Who is this Rorschach guy? And why did he paint so many pictures of my parents fighting?

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Full 5 gallon boil BigTerp Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 06-29-2011 06:22 PM
Kettle size & to Full Boil or Not Thehopguy Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 13 06-09-2011 04:06 AM
Full boil or 3 gallon brehuh Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 18 03-07-2010 07:02 PM
Full boil in a 5.5 gallon pot? daveotero Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10 06-07-2009 02:55 AM
8g kettle large enough for a full-boil? emgesp1 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12 11-12-2008 04:06 PM


Forum Jump