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No, you don't have to boil the full volume in AG brewing. I only had a 7 gal. pot when I started AG so I's boil about 5 gal. down to 3.5-4, then add top off water. Boiling less will reduce your efficieny because you don't collect as much wort. You need to use more grain to make a higher gravity wort at less volume, so you can top off afterward. That was ...


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A full wort boil is not absolutely necessary, but you shouldn't be topping off too much of your volume. Your efficiency will suffer greatly from topping off. Even if you're able to hit 80% effiency with 11.5L of wort (a big if), after boiling and topping off to 23L you'll end up with below 40% brewhouse effiency. You would also definitely be limited in ...


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I'd say get the brew kettle. You can use it on your stove (I hardly ever use the propane burner). You can't do partial boils going all grain, so you'd have to do little batches, which is annoying since all-grain takes a bit longer. Also, it's just after thanksgiving, I bet you could find a good deal on a turkey fryer, they come with both the brew kettle ...


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In short, most early extract recipes work off the concentrated boil process as you have noticed. But if you have the ability to boil AND COOL 5 whole gallons then go for it. Keep in mind one of the main reasons often overlooked for the concentrated boil is to use very cold water or iced water for the other two gallons to get to pitching temps. You could ...


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I've been contemplating this myself recently. I've looked into induction hotplates, but I've found that they're too expensive for my blood. Here's what's on my list right now: Just grab a turkey fryer from Walmart that comes with a 7 gallon kettle ($60). Sure it's aluminum, but that makes it significantly cheaper. I've been using aluminum so far with no ...


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I would say that you would get immediate use out of the burner and would probably invest in that first. You will need an 8+ gallon pot for all grain and this may be too big to use effectively on your stove but would be a good investment after the burner. The cooler would be the last piece of the puzzle. Although you should keep your eye open for close ...


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You can get a false bottom with dip tube from any of the online home brew stores or your LHBS. They're a little pricey ($30 - $100+), so I made one cheaply with stuff I had lying around. It consists of 1/2 inch threaded / female coupler, about 6 inch length of pipe, a 90 deg. elbow, and another 1-2 inch length of pipe. This is the dip tube. You don't ...


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Electro-etching works with all metals, including Aluminum. Often, the makeup of the electrolyte is changed up to give better or worse results with different metals. In this case, you don't actually need an acid as per the above - just a salt water solution works fine for aluminum. However, please make sure to do this in a well ventilated area as ...


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I would say the most important thing is a well-drilled hole. Scrappy, poorly-drilled holes make it difficult to fit the component parts in and can make it possible for bacteria to collect between brews. Often you'll be hooking some kind of hose to the outside of your valve, so gravity will do the work. I think for tightness-of-seal you're right - you ...


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I have been using oxiclean for years and it hasn't been a problem. My brew pot is aluminum and I haven't had any adverse affects.


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Good answers already given, although if you choose to boil a higher gravity then add top up water, keep in mind that that boiling a higher gravity wort reduces hop utilization, so you need to use more hops to achieve the same level of bitterness. (Doesn't apply to flavor and aroma hops.) Typically it's between 10% and 30% more. The table here lists hop ...


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I second mdma's whirlpool recommendation. Get a good strong whirlpool going after flameout, then wait until it settles thoroughly before opening the valve. The majority of the solids will settle into a cone in the center of the kettle, away from the spigot. You'll still want to keep an eye on it and shut off the flow once the level gets low enough that ...


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An alternative to using a false bottom is to use a hopback, such as the blichmann hoprocket. This increases the hop aroma as well as filtering out hot break. Another option is to stir the wort just after flamout for 10 minutes, this creates a whirlpool, which should cause most of the hot break and hop material to collect in the center of the kettle, away ...


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I think you should check out this post here on Improving your brewing significantly. FWIW, IMO: Full size Brew Pot Burner Temp Contol Yeast starters Cooler


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If you buy the cooler (mash tun) first, you can start smaller-batches of all grain now. If you buy the full-size kettle now, you can use it right away in your existing batches even if you don't do a full boil. If you get your burner now, well, you can use it right away, I suppose. You can also probably find both the kettle and burner for a cheaper price. ...



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