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Old 12-03-2012, 02:06 AM   #1
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Hey all.

I brewed my second extract kit today (NB chocolate milk stout) and just like my first batch, the wort tasted extremely hoppy. Now I know that it is unfermented and alot changes during fermentation, but consider this:

The Extract batch that I brewed about 4 weeks ago has fermented beautifully and I racked to secondary. I'm getting ready to bottle it in the next few days so I helped myself to a sample today. It tastes great, but it seems very hoppy (this kit is a nut brown ale from brewers best.)

Both of the kits Ive made call for a 2.5 gallon boil, then instruct you to top up to 5 gal in teh carboy. I have not been doing this because I have the capacity to boild all 5.5 gallons up front. There is a small comment on the instructions for my first kit mentioning that the kit's hop utilization is calibrated for a 2.5 gallon boil.

My question is this: am I making my beer hoppier by boiling the full 5 gallon volume as opposed to the 2.5 that the kit suggests?

Thanks for the help, and thanks for the new addiction.

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Old 12-03-2012, 08:29 PM   #2
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you'd be making more bitter beer since larger volume allows for higher utilization. the hoppiness shouldn't be affected tho

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Old 12-03-2012, 09:33 PM   #3
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Ive always went with the rule of "steep small and boil big ". Also late extraction seems to help out my beer. Not sure if this hekps you though.

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