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Old 06-12-2011, 05:25 PM   #1
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Is there a technique of adding only a portion of your extract in the begining of the boil then adding the rest towards the end to help reduce caramelizing.


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The primary thing I know to reduce caramelizing is to ensure you don't have the pot on the burner when you add your extract, and then be sure to mix thoroughly before adding back to the burner. If you add it on the burner, the denser extract will sink to the bottom and scorch, darkening your beer, and possibly giving a caramelized/burnt off taste.

I also tried adding part of my extract after my boil in my most recent brew. I did this more to ensure better hops utilization, but it's also good to keep beer lighter. I will say, if you're using DME, ensure it boils, so it goes through a hot break. I used part DME and part LME, boiling the DME for my hop boil, and adding the LME just after flame out and letting it heat up to sterilize it before chilling the wort.


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yes, it's called late extract addition.
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So Can you do late extract additions with any beer? Is it to reduce the chance of caramelized taste? If so how do I go about doing this technique on my next extract batch?
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Have you tried the 'search' function?
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So Can you do late extract additions with any beer? Is it to reduce the chance of caramelized taste? If so how do I go about doing this technique on my next extract batch?
I like to put at least 1/2 of the extract in at the end of the boil. I've done it at flame out, but many people will add it at 15 minutes left in the boil to make sure it's boiled a bit. I've found that flame out is more than hot enough to pasteurize/sanitize it.
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So yooper your saying I can steep my grains, then bring to a boil add half of my LME, and add my hops all at the correct times. then the last thing I would do is add the second half of my LME. What about corn sugar my kit comes with two bags of LME and one bag of corn sugar when would I add the corn sugar? just follow the recipe?
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If the corn sugar is a small bag,it's probably for priming. If it's like 1kg or something like that,then add it as a late addition.
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I have two 3.3 bags of LME and one 1lb bag of corn sugar. its not for priming because I also have that bag. I will not be using since I dont bottle. I have been reading if i do a late addition will it affect the hops utilization. like the hop tase? will it be more hoppy?
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I have two 3.3 bags of LME and one 1lb bag of corn sugar. its not for priming because I also have that bag. I will not be using since I dont bottle. I have been reading if i do a late addition will it affect the hops utilization. like the hop tase? will it be more hoppy?
Generally, it may be a bit more bitter (not hoppy, though), but there is some debate about that and whether to reduce the hops or not. In my experience, for a low IBU beer like a cream ale, reducing the bittering hops only by about 15% or so works well. But for most "regular" beers, you don't have to reduce the bittering hops.

If you post your recipe, we could be more specific!


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