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Old 05-13-2011, 10:16 AM   #1
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I am brewing a mild Blonde for SWMBO tomorrow and I was wondering...I have some grains to be steeped for 30 minutes, The rest of the kit is simply LME and there is a 15 minute cascade hop addition. Is there any benefit for using a full 1 hour boil here or would it be benefit from boiling the full hour. I dont mind taking the time to boil, but I am thinking the longer boil will only darken the beer more. Any suggestions?

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Old 05-13-2011, 11:22 AM   #2
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As long as you get your protein break, there really isn't any reason to boil longer than 15 minutes or so if your hop schedule doesn't need it. You'll need to adjust your water quantities to account for less boil-off, but many recipes call for a nice short boil with no trouble.

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Old 05-13-2011, 11:26 AM   #3
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If you like the blonde this time with a full 50 min boil, you could try less time next time and see how it turns out. That's just me because I like experimenting.

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If you really have no bittering hops (which is kinda weird) I would say just boil it for 15 minutes. Just make sure it is a nice hard rolling boil though.

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If you only have one hop addition of 15 minutes, I'd just do a 15 minute boil.

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The BB summer ale kit my wife did last Saturday had 8oz of Carapils for steeping,besides all the wheat/pilsner DME's & LME. It called for 55min boil. But it did have a bittering addition. Otherwise,I wouldn't think you'd need to,beyond a 20min steep for the grains,& the crazy hot break. But the hot break only lasted about 3 mins or so.
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I thought extracts didn't need to be boiled as they are already processed... or are we discussing the grains? My last two beers I did I used a technique I heard of here and added the extracts at knockout. They aren't finished though so I don't know what the results were

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You steep the grains 1st,then sparge. You'll get a crazy foam from hell hot break for 3 mins or so. They then say to add all the DME's & LME. But I had her just add the DME's,stir well,then start doing all the additions. Added the LME after 10 min hop steep after flame out. Looks/smells great so far. It's been fermenting since Sunday morning.
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The liquor from the grains must be boiled, but the DME and LME don't really have to be boiled at all, unless just to sanitize them a bit. The grains typically have lactobacillus and other bacteria on them, so the liquor from them must be boiled.

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I thought extracts didn't need to be boiled as they are already processed... or are we discussing the grains? My last two beers I did I used a technique I heard of here and added the extracts at knockout. They aren't finished though so I don't know what the results were

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