My next batch will be the Dead Ringer IPA. Question is in regards to the actual amount of water I boil. The recipe tells me to boil 2.5 gal of water and then put 2 gal into fermenter then wort then top off to 5 gal. My questions is…Can I boil 4 gal of water put that into the fermenter and then top off to 5 gal? Are there any alterations I would need to make to the recipe if I did this, or can I go along as planned?
I only do extract kits, and due to pot and up until recently burner size (used to use underpowered electric stove top) only did 2.5 - 3.0 Gal batches.
just curious - if you are doing 4 gal ones, why not the 5 gal full boil? same reasons (pot size etc). just wondering is all.
regardless, love your question, because it was one I always kind of wondered about as well[/quote]
Yeah, it’s cool, I don’t mind sharing. At the moment, my boil kettle is 5 gal so I was just doing the 2.5gal boil according to the directions in the extract kit. I had seen a few other posts on here about the hop utilization by doing a larger volume boil, but was unsure if anything had to be changed. I really enjoy the taste of hops so I wouldn’t mind the beer a little hoppier if that’s how it turns out. My next move is to go to the 7.5 or 10 gal pot so I can do a full boil.