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General Homebrew Discussion / Evaporation and finished volume
« on: October 06, 2010, 01:14:16 AM »
Hoping to get some help out on something thats been frustrating me for a while. Heres the set up. I always pull 6.5-7 G out of my mash tun. I use a 7.5 G converted keg to boil in and a propane burner for heat. I keep my gas on just enough to keep the top of the wort rolling yet I'm losing a ton of volume in my brew day.

By the time I cool my wort and get it into the fermenter end up with 4.25 to 4.5 G of wort in the carboy. I know I'm losing some of that to the cold break that I leave behind when I chill, but 2.5 gallons lost in a one hour boil and chill?

Should I just relax and be happy with 4.5 gallons of beer or should I strive for the 5 gallon batch? I feel I'm being wasteful by not getting the yield I should get. It definitely changes the economics of the whole deal as well.

Any advice on how to get more beer from your beer?

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