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Old 06-20-2007, 12:34 PM   #1
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About how many gallons does everyone use during the boil for an extract brew?

a lot of people say a lot of things.

how do the people in this forum weigh in?

the reason i asked is for my short extract batches i have been doing a one gallon boil and using the 4 gallons to cool it

what if anything does the low volume boil do other than save time
(boils quicker cools faster)

i assume more flavor will be left behind from steeping grains in larger volumes?

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I boil 5.5 gallons and end up adding just a little bottled water to the wort after transfer to get it up to 5 gallons.
Once I get a bigger pot I'll start with 6.5 gallons.
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i started following the recipe kits boiling 1.5 to 2.5 gallons, I have a 5 gallon pot and biggest I boiled last time was 3.5 gallons on my stove it came to a boil almost as fast as the 2.5. I had plenty of room for boilover on the last batch so I might try and up it to 4 and watch it very closely and use some foam control.

I got a 8 gallon keg I have to convert from a freind that I have to cut the top off and what not so I can start full boils.
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I boil 5.5 gallons and end up adding just a little bottled water to the wort after transfer to get it up to 5 gallons.
Once I get a bigger pot I'll start with 6.5 gallons.
is this on the stove or turkey fryer?
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Old 06-20-2007, 01:41 PM   #6
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SWMBO says it's not the size of the pot but how vigorous you can boil....
but I think she just says that to make me feel better

Before she kicked the brewery out of the house I was doing approx. 3 gal boils.
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If I'm making 5 gals I do a full boil, and I just brewed 10 gals by boiling 6 gals, splitting it between 2 fermenters and topping off.
My first batches (pre turkey fryer) were 2-3 gal boils.
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is this on the stove or turkey fryer?
Turkey fryer with a 7.5 gallon pot.
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I boil 1.5 gals and top off to 5.25.
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I have a 22 qt brewpot that I can boil up to 4 gal of wort, but I keep a close eye & a quick hand to prevent boilovers. Boiling that volume & using the extract-late method, I can get really decent hop utillization.

I did, however, just brew a super-easy hefewiezen using Homebrewer 99's recipe I found in this thread, http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthre...ght=hefeweizen. Thanks 99!

Boiling such a small amount of wort made it quick to boil, quick to cool. I was done cleaning up before noon
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