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Offline goybar

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Should I begin doing a full boil?
« on: November 24, 2009, 03:31:37 PM »
Hi All,

New to the forum.

I haven't brewed anything in about 10 years.  

Decided to start up again.

If I'm brewing with extracts only, do I need to or should I do a full volume wort boil?  Or is it OK to only boil a portion and have the rest of the water in the fermenter?

Thank you,

Chris
« Last Edit: November 25, 2009, 01:03:42 PM by bonjour »

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Re: Should I being doing a full boil?
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2009, 03:33:56 PM »
A concentrated boil will decrease hop utilization and darken the wort. No big deal. Just adjust your bittering hops for the concentrated boil and you're good to go.
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Re: Should I being doing a full boil?
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2009, 03:37:26 PM »
i'm pretty new to homebrewing and did my first half a dozen batches inside on the stove doing partial boils, but the time it took me to get just 3 gallons of water to boil is what ultimately did me in and i went out and bought a ten gallon pot and a bayou classic burner.  of course that lasted six batches and i just ordered an all grain system from northern brewer this week.

good luck whatever you choose and welcome back into the hobby!!!!!
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Re: Should I being doing a full boil?
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2009, 03:39:57 PM »
IMO, I think full-volume boils are worth it. Like has been said before, partial-volume boils decrease hop utilization and darken the beer. If you have the means, I'd do so. It will take longer to cool, but I think you'll see an improvement in you finished product.
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Re: Should I being doing a full boil?
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2009, 03:41:28 PM »
you can always buy more stuff...or build it.  It is really easy to make an immersion chiller out of soft copper.

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Re: Should I being doing a full boil?
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2009, 04:03:35 PM »
Thanks everyone.

I have been looking at an outdoor propane burner, I guess that will be the next purchase, along with a larger brew pot.

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Re: Should I being doing a full boil?
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2009, 06:06:54 PM »
Now is a great time of year to get the turkey fryer set on sale...
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Re: Should I being doing a full boil?
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2009, 08:22:38 PM »
There will probably be good sales after Thanksgiving.

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone.
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Re: Should I being doing a full boil?
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2009, 04:23:04 AM »
Let me just add a BIG +1 to full boils AND moving the brewing operation outside of the house. Especially if you love your stove like I do. Spilled, burnt wort on a stove top will NEVER (and I mean NEVER) come off.
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Re: Should I being doing a full boil?
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2009, 05:01:26 AM »
I do full volume wort boils because it works well for me. I use an IC to chill the wort after the boil. You may get away without a full volume boil, but I would suggest you aim for a full volume boil in the future.
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Re: Should I being doing a full boil?
« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2009, 06:01:17 AM »
For burnt wort on a stove top use a fairly concentrated paste of Barkeepers Friend.  I have done this with success.
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Re: Should I being doing a full boil?
« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2009, 12:13:58 PM »
Full boils all the way!! Once you start, you will be A.G. Before you know it.
All you will need is a MLT, it's all down hill from there. ;)

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Re: Should I being doing a full boil?
« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2009, 12:51:46 PM »
AG not likely to happen anytime soon (if ever).  I don't have the time.

Maybe some steeping or partial mash, but that's about it.

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Re: Should I being doing a full boil?
« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2009, 10:40:57 AM »
Full boils all the way!! Once you start, you will be A.G. Before you know it.
All you will need is a MLT, it's all down hill from there. ;)

+1   After my third extract, I had posted that I wanted to do full boils, which lead me to thinking of doing a mini mash. A fellow poster said if you are gonna do a full boil mini mash, why not just go AG. So, two years ago Christmas day, I did my fist AG, Guiness Extra Stout clone, and never looked back.

   Just go AG man! you know that's where you are headed, so get it over with now!   ;D
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