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Adding Water to a Boil


Peter Young — Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan asks,

Brad Smith Has stated a 90-minute boil is recommended for boiling off dimethyl sulfides (DMS). My pot is only 8 gallons (30 L) so 90 minutes results in too little wort into the fermenter. Is it OK to add water along the way during the boil?

Brewers, and those of us brewers who write about brewing, have all sorts of rules of thumb to help guide us through our brewing journeys. Boil time is one such rule. Some
Response by Ashton Lewis.