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Old 03-10-2011, 05:11 PM   #1
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So I am going to brew Ed Worts Bee Cave Kolsch this weekend. What boil time did you guys use for this? The recipe calls for 60 minute boil. I haven't made anything with Pilsner malt but everything I have read said you should boil for 90 min to avoid DMS? If I boil for 90 minutes do I still keep the same hop schedule 60 min, 15 & 5?

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Old 03-10-2011, 05:45 PM   #2
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Well, you can get by with 60 mins if your boil is vigorous (especially the last half). You could bump it up to 90 mins without problem I suspect; maybe a tiny bit of darkening may result, but I doubt it'd be noticeable. Just make sure you account for the extra boil-off time with your pre-boil volume.

And yes, if you boil for 90 mins you just don't add hops for the first 30. Unless you're first wort hopping (not in this recipe).


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Old 03-10-2011, 08:15 PM   #3
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I brewed this recipe last fall and did a 60 minute boil. I didn't include a Diacetyl rest either. In the end this was a great beer....as a matter of fact I keep tellling my self it'll be the next one I brew.
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Also, your pot size makes a difference. I brew with a really wide pot now (I didn't before) and now I never need to boil 90 minutes to rid DMS. My pot is so wide and I get a vigorous enough boil (with a good burner) mine are always fine and I use a BUNCH of pils malts. So the answer is depends.
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Yeah, unfortunately the boil time/DMS thing is fairly dependent on various brewhouse setup factors. The only way to tell for sure that you'd be fine with a 60 min boil (or a 90 minute) is to actually try them. But I think that you'd likely be fine either way, so long as you don't have a terribly sluggish boil.
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Thanks for the responses guys. My BK is a keggle. I am going to try the 60 minute boil and see how it goes.


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