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Old 05-04-2007, 03:45 AM   #1
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So I used to do AG, but I built a 5 gallon kettle for Williams Extract Kit brewing. I got the Brown Ale kit.

I'm using a 150,000 BTU burner, and was wondering if there is any tricks to keep the wort for scorching.

Any help would be good.

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Old 05-04-2007, 04:22 AM   #2
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One option is to remove the pot from the heat source and then add extract. Another is to stir like crazy while adding the extract to the boiling water. Hope this helps, I don't have too much brewing experience.

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Old 05-04-2007, 05:02 AM   #3
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I do Extract/Partial Mash kits, and I boil a full 5 gallons.

I use a turkey fryer, and I too had a scorch problem with my very first batch. After that, I picked up a big 24" Stainless Wire Whisk from a Restaurant Supply Shop.

Now, I simply remove the wort from the burner, add the extract, and stir the snot out of it with this amazing whisk. Haven't had a problem since.

Hope that helps!

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Old 05-04-2007, 05:06 AM   #4
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I agree stir and don't stop for long. Also, try to use the least amount of heat to keep the boil going.

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Old 05-04-2007, 05:27 AM   #5
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I had the same problem, 185k BTU burner and liquid extract that scorched.

I ended up doing late additions. I don't turn off the heat, but I do add it with only about 15 minutes left in the boil. Seems to work out pretty well that way.

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Old 05-04-2007, 07:07 AM   #6
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So WHAT? Should I boil the water first? Then add half the extract?

Please explain

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Old 05-04-2007, 11:49 AM   #7
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I've done late extract additions, too. It works fine- the only thing you have to be aware of is to reduce your hopping slightly. Hops utilization is increased in lower gravity wort. It's helpful to have some brewing software so you can see the differences in IBUs, but if you don't, I"m sure one of us can run it through our software for you.

This would explain more: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=26151

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I add at the last 15 minutes of the boil.... but I don't mess with my hop additions becuase I like hoppy beers

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Old 05-04-2007, 04:31 PM   #9
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The "trick" with adding extract is to only slightly warm it first before adding the extract. If the water is activly boiling it crystalizes quickly.

Remove it from the heat then add and dissolve.

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I used to think DME was the way to go but I've suddenly become REAL fond of the midwest supplies 6 pack of 3.3L plastic jugs. I let the jugs sit in hot tap water for about an hour while I get my brew pot up to temp/steep. Once the water starts to boil just turn off the burners, dump in the LME (which will now pour fast cause its hot), stir like crazy, and turn the burners back on. I add a little water to each of the jugs, cap it, shake the LME off the walls and pour the last bit into the pot.

DME requires a lot more stirring and holding bags of powder while it dissolves. Those LME jugs are DAMN cheap... like $2.25 per 3.3lbs jug.

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