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Old 08-22-2009, 02:04 AM   #1
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If you were going to make an unhopped beer, is there any reason to boil?

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Old 08-22-2009, 02:08 AM   #2
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Yes. For sanitation purposes.

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Old 08-22-2009, 02:10 AM   #3
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yes the boil sterlizes the wort.
how are you going to balance the sweet if you are useing the bitter of hops are you adding some other bitter or sour?

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Old 08-22-2009, 02:39 AM   #4
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not sure. we have our first runnings in the brew kettle for a baltic porter, but enough wort to make a mild, but not enough hops to do both. thinking of unhopped since thats what the egyptians used to do...we were also thinkin maybe somethin crazy like ginger and allspice with a dry hop later.

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Old 08-22-2009, 04:11 AM   #5
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The ginger will give it a big bite as in "ginger ale" and dry hopping will only add aroma, no bitterness.

A boil is not necessary, but after all the malt is added to the water and dissolved I would at least raise the temp to 170 and let it pasteurize for 15 mins.

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Old 08-22-2009, 04:13 AM   #6
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NO HOPS!!!!!!!!!! I swear thats a sin......

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Old 08-23-2009, 04:54 AM   #7
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It would be different than if you had boiled it since it won't get the same maillard reactions.

For info on hopless beer and bittering substitutes run a search on gruit.

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Old 08-23-2009, 01:21 PM   #8
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Nothing wrong with gruits, unless you're afraid of tasting malt.

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Just watch out for the shelf life on that one.

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I believe you're in violation of the German Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot). The proper authorities have been dispatched!!!

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