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Old 01-20-2012, 03:26 PM   #1
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I've been brewing quite a bit more the last few months, I haven't made the plunge to all grain yet.

I've been trying to replicate really pale beers so I have been adding about 20% of my malt in the beginning as usual and the remaining at about 15-20 minutes (depending on what I'm brewing, or if I forgot). When I add the malt the wort stops boiling, on my burner it takes about 7-10min to get back up to boiling. Should I count this time as part of my boil? Or should I pause my time until boiling resumes?

I usually preheat my malt so it resumes faster. Right now I continue as if the boil is still going (because the temp is only a few degrees lower than boiling)

Thoughts?

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Old 01-20-2012, 03:33 PM   #2
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I've been brewing quite a bit more the last few months, I haven't made the plunge to all grain yet.

I've been trying to replicate really pale beers so I have been adding about 20% of my malt in the beginning as usual and the remaining at about 15-20 minutes (depending on what I'm brewing, or if I forgot). When I add the malt the wort stops boiling, on my burner it takes about 7-10min to get back up to boiling. Should I count this time as part of my boil? Or should I pause my time until boiling resumes?

I usually preheat my malt so it resumes faster. Right now I continue as if the boil is still going (because the temp is only a few degrees lower than boiling)

Thoughts?

Thanks in advance!

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You could add the extract at flameout, and avoid the issue altogether.

Otherwise, yes, pause the time.
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Old 01-20-2012, 04:27 PM   #3
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You could add the extract at flameout, and avoid the issue altogether.
don't you want to boil the extract for some amount of time, to sanitize it? if you start to add at flamout, by the time you finish adding all the extract the wort won't be at boiling anymore.

btw, i'm assuming liquid malt extract here. DME could be added quickly, but LME takes a while to spoon everything out.
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Old 01-20-2012, 04:34 PM   #4
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Yes LME, should have specified.

I thought at flameout could be interesting to help drop the temp, but I don't think I'll be getting the cold break I want, unless I whirlpool near boiling temps for another 10min or so.

I don't currently pause the time since any early hops still isomerize through this period regardless of a rolling boil at 212f or at damn near boiling 206-8f

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Old 01-20-2012, 04:36 PM   #5
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Oh also with LME like I mentioned I preheat it to about 120-140 in a separate pot of water (still in the container). This allows the extract to pour easily into the wort.

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No need to boil the LME, adding it at flame out is fine

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Old 01-20-2012, 06:08 PM   #7
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I was thinking about asking this very same question. I'll be brewing some time next week and was wondering about stopping the timer when i made my late malt addition. But everyone agrees thats not needed?

I am using DME. So i'm not going to add at flameout. Probably last 10 minutes.

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DME at flameout is fine too

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So if You add the LME/DME at flame out, you still add your hops according to schedule? So your basically just boiling for hop utilization, correct?

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Yep!

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