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Old 11-22-2008, 08:54 PM   #1
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Default Can I delay my boil?

After I've mashed and sparged..... can I just let my wort chill out on the stove and bring it up to a full boil a couple hours later and add hops?

Like basically take a break in the middle? I'm mashing now and the wife informed me we are supposed to be somewhere later. Theres no way I can 60 min boil and cool down in time. Grr.

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Old 11-22-2008, 09:08 PM   #2
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Default delaying full boil?

After I've mashed and sparged..... can I just let my wort chill out on the stove and bring it up to a full boil a couple hours later and add hops?

Like basically take a break in the middle? I'm mashing now and the wife informed me we are supposed to be somewhere later. Theres no way I can 60 min boil and cool down in time. Grr.

Any help?

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Old 11-22-2008, 09:10 PM   #3
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I wouldn't do it, but what else can ya do? Tell the wife to go shove it...you're doing your own thing?

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Old 11-22-2008, 09:10 PM   #4
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Never the less....you're already committed. Just cover it up and come back ASAP.

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Old 11-22-2008, 09:11 PM   #5
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No need to double post.

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Old 11-22-2008, 09:25 PM   #6
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No need to double post.
Sorry, thats pretty douchebaggery on my part. Just kinda freaking out and trying to figure out what to do.
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it'll survive. boil it up when you get back, no worries.

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In the future let everyone know that when you brew the process can not be interrupted once you start because the quality of the beer depends on your complete attention.

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Old 11-23-2008, 04:24 AM   #9
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Heat it up to 180 to denature the enzymes and kill off most of the bad germs, then put a sanitized cover on it and kill the heat. I should be good for a while till you get back.

Be sure to let the SWMBO know that you are taking a big risk - not sure what will happen - may be sacrificing your best brew yet, but that your love for her conquers any fears you have. May as well get a few points for spending later, if you can.

Seriously, an unhappy wife will make drinking any beer you have a miserable experience anyway. Get it hot, keep it sealed, it should be all right for a good while.

P.S - Just noticed that I am a few hours late. How did it work out?

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Old 11-23-2008, 04:49 AM   #10
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I put the lid on it inside, came back and brought to a boil about 2-3 hours later.

Its in the fermenter and already showing signs of fermentation. (no bubbling but the plastic lid has already swelled up)

I got terrible efficiency, but thats a total seperate issue. I ended up cutting the overall batch size to compensate, and it will just be a bit darker and hoppier than intended but still within acceptable range.

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