if posted elsewhere, I apologize
This past weekend I brewed my standard IPA (All Grain) I collected about 7 gallons of wort with an OG of 1.055. My boil kettle is 8 gallons (I know I need to up that bad bear, but I digress) and I brought my wort to a boil, added my boil hops and had very little, as in less than a cup, boil over. However, after my cold break (roughly 70 degrees f) I only had about 4.5 gallons of wort to ferment.
The outside temp was roughly 72 degrees and the boil was a standard 60 minutes.
Is there a way around this? Typically I do not have that amount evaporate. Would a larger boil kettle, say 15 gallons, with the lid partially on reduce this level of evaporation?
Typically, I like to ferment 6 gallons, so when all is said and done (primary/secondary) I can collect 5 gallons for my keg. By this rate, I will probably have 3-3.5 to keg. Normally, I wouldn’t care if this were a porter or a stout (the not so popular among my MBC friends), but the IPA tends to go fast.
Thanks for the input NB Community.