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Old 05-04-2013, 11:08 PM   #1
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I just did my third batch, 2.5 gallons and I still need to add over 1 gallon of water when I am done with the boil.

My first batch I boiled 2.5 gallons because I didn't know any better. I ended with a little over 1 gallon.

Next time I thought I was smarter and lowered the boil, less vigorous, and added 1 gallon of extra water and when I was done I was still over 1 gallon short.

This time I added 1.5 gallons and it was still over 1 gallon short.

It is getting warmer outside so maybe more to evaporation, or maybe I just have the boil to high. I kept trying to get it lower, it still turned out too low.

Is this to be expected? How hard should the boil be? I assume that its just the temperature that is important and a slight roll is adequate. I was a little higher then that.

Any feedback would be appreciated.

 
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Old 05-04-2013, 11:51 PM   #2
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Start with about 4.5 gallons of water and boil with your lid on. You should only have to add a gallon to a gallon and a half to bring your wort to 5 gallons.

 
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Old 05-04-2013, 11:59 PM   #3
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Don't boil with the lid on. Gotta let the DMS get out. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/index.php/DMS. As far as your boil, nothing wrong with adding water post boil.
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:17 AM   #4
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Don't boil with the lid on. Gotta let the DMS get out. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/index.php/DMS. As far as your boil, nothing wrong with adding water post boil.
With such a small amount of wort, the concentration is pretty high and I worry that all the high concentrated stuff left behind in the bottom inch that stays behind with the hot break material.

 
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:24 AM   #5
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As long a your're hitting your SG you should be fine.
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:34 AM   #6
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Do you use any software to anticipate evaporation?

Here's a free one: http://www.brewtarget.org/download.html
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Old 05-05-2013, 02:12 AM   #7
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Do you use any software to anticipate evaporation?

Here's a free one: http://www.brewtarget.org/download.html
I down loaded the software and tried to create my equipment. I do only extract brews. At this point that's all I want. It won't let me have a 0 gal mash tun?

 
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Old 05-05-2013, 05:34 AM   #8
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Try practicing boiling water and measuring your boil-off on your non-brew days. Assuming you are using the same kettle boil-off rates should be consistent. So it's probably how high you boil. You don't want to boil too high because you don't want boil overs but other than that I don't think/don't know that how high you boil will affect the beer. Nothing wrong with ending up with only a gallon. Although I know what you mean about not feeling comfortable with such a concentrate.

But if you always boil off at least a gallon. Then you can safely start with 3 gallons.
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:39 AM   #9
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Start with about 4.5 gallons of water and boil with your lid on. .
no, do not do this.

 
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Old 05-11-2013, 01:10 AM   #10
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no, do not do this.
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