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Old 08-22-2011, 11:22 AM   #1
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Im sure someone can answer these for me - thanks !

1.) If Im half way through sparging but the wort is already boiling can I add my hops and start timing the boil or must I wait till I have sparged my full volume ?

2.) If Im planning hop additions from 30mins do I still need to boil for 60min ?

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Old 08-22-2011, 02:06 PM   #2
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1. You should wait. Volume effects isomerization. But...it's not a huge deal.
2. No need to boil for 60 minutes. Just make sure you plan accordingly and have the correct pre-boil volumes.

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You don't NEED to boil a whole hour, but you might get a clearer beer if you do. Part of the purpose of boiling wort is to get proteins to coagulate and drop out. Also, DMS prevention may be worth the time and fuel for a full hour boil.

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Thanks guys. Im going to give a hopburst a try with a 20min boil and see what happens.

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I brewed an APA with Citra. 20min boil and hopburst. Two techniques Ive not tried before. I added the first hops before I was finished sparging, trouble is when I had boiled for 20mins the sparge wasn't finished. I had to boil an extra 10mins which pushed my IBU from 36 to 46 (!). And so much for hopburst - 20/10/5 became 30/20/5. Oh well.

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