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Old 01-26-2012, 02:15 AM   #1
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I am leaving the world of extract and have a question.i have a 5 gallon mash ton and only a 5 gallon pot. Can i mash out 4.75 gallons and then add water to get 5 gallons after the boil? Does adding DME or LME help keep the proper final gravity?

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Old 01-26-2012, 02:44 AM   #2
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Answer to both questions is yes. You may want to mash out closer to 4.5 gal to leave room in your pot for the boil. Add a little DME/LME at the end of the boil, 1lb should be enough.

 
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Old 01-26-2012, 02:46 AM   #3
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Get a bigger pot. If you collect 4.75 gallons in a 5 gallon pot you are going to boil over.

 
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Old 01-26-2012, 02:48 AM   #4
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Walmart has an 8.5 gallon pot aluminum for $21. Works great. It's a "tamale" pot..

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Old 01-26-2012, 02:53 AM   #5
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isn't aluminum bad? Last time i was at walmart they had a 30qt turkey fryer set up for $36 but it had an aluminum pot.

 
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Old 01-26-2012, 03:01 AM   #6
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Aluminum is fine......
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Aluminum is fine......
More than fine.

 
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More than fine.
More than MORE than fine!

In fact, it has some distinct advantages over stainless which move to me forever stick with Al
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Old 01-26-2012, 03:17 AM   #9
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You can do mini mashes and add extract to get your gravity up. You may need to do a batch or to to realize your mash efficiency so you can better calculate how much extract to add to the boil. You can even plan to do 5 gallon batches and just top the fermenter off with sanitary water (like unopened spring water), as long as it your wort is concentrated properly and adding the water brings you down to your target SG.
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Old 01-26-2012, 03:18 AM   #10
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well if that is the case, I am going to get the $36 turkey fryer set up at my local walmart and go all-grain. Thanks for the help

 
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