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Old 04-25-2010, 12:24 AM   #21
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Default Beer Pasteurization Problem. Please HELP!

Does anybody know what specific temperature beer is supposed to get to for pasteurization to take place? I only got to 160-165. Forgot to boil after steeping of my grains in an american wheat extract brew.

Online i have found 165 is the temperature that substances need to get to for the killing of bacteria. I know I was above 160, but to 100% sure i got to 165. The thermometer did only have the very tip in, which could have lead to a lower reading.

Is my beer going to be ok? or am i subject to an infection? if so, how do i detect an infection? Thanks!

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Old 04-25-2010, 12:51 AM   #22
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You can secondary if you like, but a Wheat beer is supposed to be cloudy and young. I would give it about 3 weeks in the primary, and if it is finished fermenting, keg or bottle.

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Old 04-25-2010, 01:10 AM   #23
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Checked out an article on "Flash Pasteurization of Beer". Says 160F for 30 seconds is all. I find that kinda unbelievable tho.

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You may have received the all-grain recipe, which might have you mashing at 150 degrees. Regardless, you need to boil...extract or all grain. Hops go in during the boil.

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Old 04-25-2010, 03:17 AM   #25
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Perhaps boiling a concentrated solution of hops and adding it to the beer would add some bitterness? I've never heard of it being done, but it's something to think about.

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Old 04-25-2010, 03:47 AM   #26
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Yeah, extract is boil only. If you're using extract and hops without steeped grains then you only have to worry about boil temperatures. If you're using steeped grain then you're entering into different territory with people who steep from cold to boiling, steep at 150º for 20 minutes... the list goes on and on.

If all you were given is extract and hops then just bring the water to a boil, remove from heat or turn off heat, add extract and stir to mix in, return to heat and bring to a boil and follow the hopping schedule.

It's pretty easy (with the right instructions) and fun to drink when you're all done!

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Old 04-25-2010, 05:22 AM   #27
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Is it fermenting? I think the biggest issue will be an infection. I'm sure 150 degrees has some pasteurization power but would have to seacrch online to see how long of a contact time would be required. Does is smell funky?

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Old 04-25-2010, 02:11 PM   #28
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Well you're going to have a hard time replicating this brew if it's a good.
Online you might want to take a look at John Palmer's "How to Brew".
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