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Old 02-10-2007, 02:47 AM   #1
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I was brewing a brown nut ale and didn't realize how hot the wort was until I put the bags of specialy malts in, and it started to boil. It said to leave the malts in for 20 minutes, but I only left it in for 15 minutes. Is there any way I can salvage this batch or should I throw it out? I don't know much about mashing, but is that a possibility? How do you think it would taste?


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Dont throw it out. Boiling grains is bad....extracts tannins that you don't want in your beer. But with speciality grains, its such a small part of the entire batch that I don't think it would make that much of a difference...definitely not enough to ruin a batch. Just pay a little more attention next and relax...dont worry...have a homebrew.

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Boiling grains is not a good thing but don't throw it out until you taste and see if it is borked.You will know if it has tannins because it will taste astringent.
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Definitely don't throw it out yet. In theory, boiling grains is likely to extract excess tannins, but when I started brewing, I made a few batches where the recipe called for bringing the steeping grains to a boil before removing them. I wouldn't want to do this now, but the batches tasted just fine.

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Taste it. If the tannins aren't a problem, it's beer! Boil some black tea for 5 minutes, if you don't know what astringent tastes like.

Boiling grains is generally a bad idea, but decoctions are all about boiling the grains. So, it has its place.

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