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s vadas
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Username: Svadas

Post Number: 19
Registered: 04-2003
Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2004 - 02:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Searching through previous posts, I've got a question that remains unanswered. If I collect the first gallon of sparge runoff and boil it down to a pint, I will end up with 4 gallons instead of the usual 5 gallon batch I make. Do I leave it as 4 gallons or do I dilute the beer back to 5 gallons? I am not sure what is appropriate. Thanks
 

Wykowski
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Username: Bigearl

Post Number: 1066
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2004 - 02:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I would just sparge another gallon
 

Wykowski
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Username: Bigearl

Post Number: 1067
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2004 - 03:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

yes, look at skot's recipe
http://www.skotrat.com/skotrat/recipes/ale/scottish/recipes/10.html

if your only makeing 5gal, it seems you only need to boil down the 1st 1/2gal, but you should collect more wort for an extended boil
 

gregory gettman
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Username: Gregman

Post Number: 327
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2004 - 05:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yeah just sparage another gallon. One thing to look out for though............when your doing to things at once PAY ATTENTION.

Or you may end up boiling the first runnings into a caramel nightmare, ask me how I know!

Also this trick is not always needed to brew a good scotch. Do make sure to extend the "whole" boil time to at least 2 hours.
 

Jeffery Swearengin
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Username: Beertracker

Post Number: 225
Registered: 03-2002
Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2004 - 05:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yes you'll end up with a smaller yield unless you compensate your grain bill & sparge water, but trust me that the "boil down" method produces a maltier, much more enjoyable SA IMO. Of course, a 3-hour boil doesn't hurt anything either.
CHEERS! Beertracker

"From man's sweat and God's love, beer came into the world." ~ Saint Arnold of Metz (580-640) - Patron Saint of Brewers

 

Tom Gardner
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Username: Tom

Post Number: 453
Registered: 01-2001
Posted on Wednesday, June 30, 2004 - 02:35 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I would recommend planning for a 6 gallon batch rather than sparging more. It's hard enough to get the gravity. YMMV, Tom