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Old 09-22-2012, 04:33 AM   #1
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I got a partial mash recipe from the local brew store and it calls for 1 lb of brown sugar, but they never indicated when to add it. Should I add it near the end of the boil? Or after the boil? Any ideas as to what would work best would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 09-22-2012, 04:35 AM   #2
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when i add it, it's at 15 minutes left in the boil. it can replace the molasses syrup called for in many beers (esp scottish) at .8/1, also

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Old 09-22-2012, 04:40 AM   #3
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when i add it, it's at 15 minutes left in the boil. it can replace the molasses syrup called for in many beers (esp scottish) at .8/1, also
Great thanks a lot! Should I worry about burning the sugar? I have an electric stove and am wondering if maybe I should dissolve it in some water first
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i either boil it in water first, or stir the wort as i'm dumping it in. both work

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Do you fin any difference between dark and light brown sugar? I have both here I'm just wondering if you find an difference between the two.

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And just so I can know for the future, why do you add at last 15 min of boil? Why not 10 or 5?

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dark makes it darker and a little sweeter, as it has more molasses. 15 minutes is just a good time for mixing it in completely and sterilizing

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dark makes it darker and a little sweeter, as it has more molasses. 15 minutes is just a good time for mixing it in completely and sterilizing
Cool thanks for the tips!
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:52 PM   #9
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dark makes it darker and a little sweeter, as it has more molasses. 15 minutes is just a good time for mixing it in completely and sterilizing
Just to clarify,it's sanitary not sterile. I know that's kind of nitpicking but there is a difference. Definitely don't boil longer than 15 min because you could lose some volatile flavor and aroma compounds.
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Do you fin any difference between dark and light brown sugar? I have both here I'm just wondering if you find an difference between the two.
Neither will add any appreciable flavor.
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