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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Full Boil Process ?
« on: June 13, 2011, 08:51:10 PM »
New to the forum and thanks in advance! I have read several posts regarding full boil but wanted to try to get a full summary as we are planning a session for this weekend. Relatively new with only 30 gallons of partial boils under our belt but all have been a great success. Here Goes with what I've been told and am looking for confirmation and additional tips if any:
1. start with only 2 gal. water to steep grains for 30 minutes as usual
2. Add to pot 4.5 gallons of additional water and bring to boil ( I was told to expect 1.5gal.  loss over 60 minute boil?)
3. Once at boil use the late extract method, add 1/2 at beginning of boil with the additional half at the 30-45 minute mark
4. Hop additions to take place at recipe intervals as normal
5. Complete the boil, cool the wort, place in primary, take gravity, add yeast and be patient
6. Transfer to secondary when time is right and begin dry hopping

I have been using recipe kits from Midwest Supplies, mostly ales, wheats and IPA's. Their kits have been spot on and each beer has turned out terrific. I am using a 7.5 gallon stainless kettle. I have been told and have read that by going full boil and using late extract I will have much better hop utilization and less darkening of the beers being brewed, In addition I have been told that my somewhat irregular gravity readings will probably stabilize and be more spot on since there is no dilution of the wort.

This forum has been a great source of information and I appreciate all your advice and suggestions. I will definitely post back the our results when sampled. Cheers!

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