First crack at this

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    First try, due to limited equipment do I need to stick to the 2.5 gal boil or can I boil all 5 gallons at once , this is an extract kit ,
    Please don't beat me up to bad lol
     
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    If you have the capacity, boil all 5 gallons, if you want. You'll want about 3-4" of empty pot, at least. I really used to have to control my boil when I had a smaller pot. It will foam up as the hot break develops.
     
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    I have an 8 gallon kettle I did a 5 gallon test boil tonight to time the temperature points ,only have a kitchen stove that's when i re read the i
     
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    Oops read the instructions and it said 2.5
     
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    It's a 5 gallon extract kit , called Craft Beer Wheat big brew 2010
     
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    That's the same way I started. I did the 2 1/2 gallon boil many times. I used Brewer's Best kits. They say if you can do a full boil, there's no need for any recipe adjustments. So I started doing that.
     
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    Thanks allot for the time and tips im going to go full boil see what happens..... One more quick question bittering hops pellets just drop them in ?
     
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    Drop them in! (Or bag them. Matter of preference. I don't bag any hops.)
     
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    Great thanks I'll let you know how it goes
     
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    Well brew day went ok however when I opened the case for my hydrometer it was broken... Pitching anyway hoping for the best .
     
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    You'll get beer. It was years before I cared about using a hydrometer.
     
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    What do you suggest about knowing when it's done fermenting?
     
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    Without a hydrometer? Give it 10 days. It'll be done. Or when you no longer see airlock activity for 2-3 days.
     
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    Thanks that's kind of what I was thinking I feel better now
     
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    Well finished brewing last night , got home from work just now and she's bubbling away :) it's the little things that make me happy. Lol
    On a positive note my wife got up today and remarked on how well I cleaned up ... That is a good thing right?
     
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    Just got an email from AIH sending a new hydrometer Free!!! A little plug for them prices seem reasonable... Customer service gets 5 stars today.
     
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    You lucky fella good work!
     
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    Thanks man
     
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    Quick question friends seem to be fermenting ok smell some sulfur odor should I be concerned , this is a wheat recipe Wyeast 1010 American Wheat was the yeast pack , extract kit
     

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