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Old 12-14-2010, 06:27 PM   #21
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Really the only important thing to remember is: Once the foam drops back down (disappears), turn down the heat to maintain the boil, and start your countdown timer.

For example. if it's a 60 minute boil and you have 60 minute hops to add, this is when you do it and then start the countdown timer.

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Old 12-14-2010, 06:31 PM   #22
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That's exactly why I wanted to know then the "Break" actually occurred - It could be a 15 minute difference, and a game changer in hoppy beers...


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Old 12-14-2010, 07:52 PM   #23
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If a 60 minute boil really is a 75 minute boil, it would screw up my evaporation numbers and I could not predict the final boil volume anymore. In my view a 60 minute boil starts when we have achieved a vigorous boil, hot break or not. That's when I add my bittering hops too, but then I usually boil 7.4 gallons for a 5.5 gallon batch (90 min), so there is plenty of room in the keggle to hold foam. I can see that for a 10 or 11 gallon batch this could be a real problem with the added foaming of the hop addition. I think I would be inclined to do a 90 minute boil with the first hop addition at 60 minutes.
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Old 12-14-2010, 08:14 PM   #24
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If a 60 minute boil really is a 75 minute boil, it would screw up my evaporation numbers and I could not predict the final boil volume anymore. In my view a 60 minute boil starts when we have achieved a vigorous boil, hot break or not.
I've done 60+ batches and have always had a hot break. They never last more than a few minutes tops, I then add hops and start timer.
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Old 12-14-2010, 08:19 PM   #25
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The reason you may not want to add hops before the break is that hops will be bound to some extent by the proteins and compounds that precipitate during the hot break. This can lead to uneven bittering and utilization. If it doesn't bother you, then save the 10-15 minutes.
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Update, i'm a fool. I was turning down my element the minute the break started, it would disappear quickly. The last 2 boils I let it go for a minute longer and it will foam over the same as a burner would do. Vigorous thick foam for a good long time.

I wonder if any wort quality is sacrificed if you don't let it go through an intense hot break?
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So the majority of you wait until after the hot break to add hops? Been doing that wrong for 2 years now I guess. Wonder if it will make a difference.
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I've always waited until the hot break falls back in before starting my boil timer and add hops (if hops are called for at that time of course).

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So the majority of you wait until after the hot break to add hops? Been doing that wrong for 2 years now I guess. Wonder if it will make a difference.
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