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WollenBrew 11-07-2009 01:35 PM

Cherry Stout Boil Question
Hey fellow brewers, I have a Northern Brewer Cherry Stout kit and had a question regarding boil time. Does this stout need to have a two hour boil?


Parker36 11-07-2009 02:03 PM

Most likely not. When is the first hop addition? Longer boils like that are usually only for big AG beers.

Pappers_ 11-07-2009 02:55 PM

Hi Wollen. I made a cherry stout recently (its bottle conditioning now). It was all-grain and I did a regular one-hour boil, fermented as normal, then racked to a secondary over cherry puree.

What do your directions say? I agree with Parker, a two hour boil seems too long.

Completely :off: but . . . which Manhattan do you live in?


WollenBrew 11-07-2009 10:04 PM

@ Pappers - Manhattan Kansas. And the directions are for a one hour boil. The only reason I asked was because Northern sends out a standard instruction sheet with their kits and I recently did a Scottish Wee Heavy that I should have done a 2 hour boil on , but the instructions only said 1 hour. So, I just wanted to make sure a 1 hour boil was enough on a stout.

@Parker36 - I think the hop addition is a 60 min. addition so for the whole boil.

Pappers_ 11-07-2009 10:11 PM

Got it. Yes, for your normal gravity stout, a one hour boil is perfect.

For your Wee Heavy, a longer boil is often used to:

1. Promote some carmelization of the wort and

2. Because it is a high gravity beer (more boil off = higher OG)

Good luck with the stout!

WollenBrew 11-08-2009 04:51 PM

Thanks all, looking forward to brewing this baby tonight!


Rick500 11-08-2009 04:58 PM

A longer boil will also drive off more dimethyl sulfide precursors, but an hour is usually sufficient anyway.

WollenBrew 11-09-2009 02:24 AM

30 min. into the Dark Cherry Stout boil... any thoughts on names? Right now, I'm thinking along the lines of "Pop Your Dark Cherry Stout"

jackson_d 11-09-2009 02:57 AM

I have a good friend in Manhattan KS named Jake B.

WollenBrew 11-09-2009 03:18 AM

@jackson d - cool... we have a population of around 50k so even with an initial it's tough to pinpoint. Does he brew? We have a local brew club here and if he brews he may be a member. :)

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