That’s called partial boil…how I did my first 15 or so batches. It works just fine.[/quote]
I know what a partial boil is ha… The instructions that come with the kits say to do a partial boil of 2.5 gallons. I couldn’t fit that much water and the ingredients into the pot and was wondering if you could go much smaller with the volume of water and not have it affect your beer too much.
ie: could I do the same as what the partial boil calls for but only use 1.5 gallons of water instead of 2.5 gallons. At some point I assume the beer will suffer in quality and taste by using so little water with that big amount of ingredients.
It’s a non-issue now. I didn’t want to potentially screw up a whole batch to find out. What I did was get the 3 pounds of LME I had left over from some previous batch, a pound and a half of honey, an oz of Cascade for bittering and then a half ounce of Falconers Flight at flameout for aroma. I boiled those ingredients in 1.5 gallons of water and topped up to 3 gallons in the bucket. So in reality I still did a partial boil, but it was for a 3 gallon batch instead of a 5 gallon batch.
What I’m worried about is using that much honey with so little LME. 3 pnds LME to 1.5 pnds of honey… It’s fermenting away like crazy with the 05 slurry I pitched so I guess we’ll see. It will definitely be alcohol, who knows what it will taste like ha…