Originally Posted by chevyblazer5150
EDIT: I like to do a full boil as I see brewing beer "similar" to brewing coffee, you wouldnt add water to your coffee to fill up your cup cause that would change the way it tastes and dillute it. So why would you do it to your brew? just my 2 cents on full boil vs partial.
Well, if it takes three hours to get to a boil and get finished, all the great things about a full boil are negated, and maillard reactions would be an issue (like caramelization). I'd rather go with a smaller boil that can be done in a reasonable time, but add the bulk of the extract late to avoid the maillard reactions that cause a "cooked extract" taste. There is no reason at all that extract needs to be boiled- it's been processed once already. Boiling it again, and then taking a long time to do it, would cause more flavor issues than doing a partial boil and late extract addition.
Try it and see. If you don't like the results, you can always go back to full barely boiling boils. It's really all about the flavor of the final product, after all.