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So I am doing a NB session Ale in the next few days that appears to be rather simple and wondering if there is any benefit to boiling all the water versus 2.5 boil and 2.5 in the primary. I think I read someplace that if you do a full boil it makes the hops work more efficiently or something.

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the kit is as follows.

6 lbs Pils malt syrup
BOIL ADDITIONS
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1/2oz Simcoe (60 min)
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1/2oz Simcoe (15 min)
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1 oz Simcoe (5 min)


DRY HOPS
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1 oz Simcoe (Dry hop 5-7 days
 

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You will get better hop utilization with a full boil. Whether or not you will be able to perceive the difference depends upon your pallette.

Put your numbers into this IBU calculator for full boil and partial boil to see what you come up with. Total boil volume will depend upon your estimated boil off rate to end up with the volume you want in the fermentor.
http://www.brewersfriend.com/ibu-calculator/

The critical factors in doing a full boil are: Bringing the full volume to a boil. Efficiently chilling the wort to pitching temperature.
 

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Definitely go full-boil if you can. Since you'll be starting the boil with ~6 gallons of wort you'll obviously need a big enough pot, a strong enough heat source, and a way to chill it quickly at the end.

For this recipe it looks like full boil will give you about 14 IBU (from 38 to 52). Holding back 2/3 of the extract for late addition (last 10 minutes) will both help avoid off-flavours from caramelization of the extract and boost your bittering even further (another 12 points or so).
 
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Oh wow, never thought about adding 2/3 of extract that late.

I have a 8 gallon brew kettle, turkey fryer and a wort chiller. (got hooked up by a friend that brewed one batch and had no more interest)
 

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Then you're good to go!

Full boil, pitching enough yeast, and controlling fermentation temperature are advertised as the three biggest improvements you can make at this stage in your brewing.

The other thing you might consider is adding up to 1lb of specialty grains to your recipe for extra/more complex flavour - you'd just put them in a grain bag and steep them in the brew pot before starting the boil (30 minutes at 160F or so - just don't go above 170F or you'll get tannins).
 
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Thanks I have done 2 partial grain brews already, which means I know enough to hurt myself. I was kind of curious how this would turn turn out following the instructs compared to the others and then will build upon that.

Thanks
 

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If you go full boil you will need to adjust the recipe to account for the increased hop utilization.
 

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