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Old 09-24-2010, 01:12 AM   #11
Sep 2010
Madison, Wisconsin
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You really don't need to boil the extract but the hour is for hops utilization. How much difference an hour vs 30 minutes makes, I have no idea.

As far as shortening the brewing day, I multitask and have 2 pots. There are 2 of us so that helps but having 2 things heating in 2 pots is one big thing to help. Including cleaning we are down to a little over 3 hours. Revvy always says do what works for you. This is what works for me.

Brewing procedure
At least 2 days before brewing check yeast viability
1 Gather ingredients, water, and equipment
2 Open beer, gotta stay hydrated
3 Start steeping water heating, heat to temp then turn to WM/low
A Steep in smaller pot, 1-3 quarts of water/lb
4 Put specialty grains into bag
5 Steep grains at suggested temp
6 Start boil water heating
7 Put LME jug in warm water to warm up LME
8 Set up burner
9 When steeping is done add more water.
10 Heat till almost boiling
11 Remove from heat then add extract
12 Heat to boil and follow brewing instructions
13 Start top off water boiling with 20 minutes left in boil
14 Place wort chiller in pot 15 minutes before the boil ends
15 Cool wort
16 Sanitize fermenter while wort cools
17 Pour wort into fermenter
18 Sanitize yeast and scissors
19 Top off to 5 gallons with cooled water
20 Check specific gravity, add more water if necessary
17 Pitch yeast
18 Put airlock or blow off tube on fermenter and put in a cool dark place
19 Relax, don't worry, have a homebrew - Charlie Papazian

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Old 09-24-2010, 05:54 PM   #12
Sep 2006
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Originally Posted by JonK331 View Post
Yes, some people like to boil a very small portion of the extract for the full duration and then add the bulk of it at the end. I don't find that to be necessary. When I do extract, I steep my grain as usual, bring to boil, add hops per recipe and boil down to the last ten minutes and add the extract. I do like to boil the extract for just a few minutes to make sure it gets sanitized. I also don't want to be trying to add my finishing hops and extract at the same time. This method also lets the liquid boil down so there is more room in the kettle when you add the extract = less chance of boilover.
Thanks for your input. I will try this.

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