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Old 04-01-2007, 03:07 PM   #11
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Well, there really ISN'T a right "answer," (in my humble OPINION...)

One thing to keep in mind; some malts, notably pilsner malts, can produce higher amounts of DMS and can therefore benefit from a longer boil time. You'll also get a little bit more hops utilization if you boil them for 90 minutes, although the difference is pretty small at that point.
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Old 04-01-2007, 03:17 PM   #12
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Key Success Factors in Brewing Scottish-Style and Scotch Ales

...extend the boiling time to encourage caramelization during the boil.

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Old 04-01-2007, 03:51 PM   #13
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A boil begins when bubbles break surface.
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Old 04-01-2007, 03:53 PM   #14
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Old 04-01-2007, 06:48 PM   #15
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All grain brewer and I do 90 minute boils, timer starts after the hot break and the first hops go in at the 60 minute mark. I've done 60 minute boils and though I can't prove it I feel that 90 minute boils make better beer no matter how light or how big. If I ever did an extract beer I'd probably go with a 60 minute boil I don't think they gain anything from an extended boil.
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Old 04-01-2007, 07:13 PM   #16
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I do 90 as well. I plan on it, so my pre boil gravity is where I want it to be, so I end up with the right volume of wort with my intended OG. Unless your FWH, 90 or 60 will get you the same hop utilization, as most start their hopping at 60 anyway.

 
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Old 04-01-2007, 08:04 PM   #17
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When I made the 666 brew I ended up with 10 gallons of wort and boiled it down to 5 . . . it was a 240 minute boil.

For me it all depends on the brew I am making and more impotrantly the amount of wort I get from my mashtun. One of the beers I am looking to make (after researching the Dragons Milk) is calling for 29lbs of grain. No matter how I try to mash or sparge I think I'm going to end up with a 14gallon boil and will have to boil that bad boy down for a LONG LONG time
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Old 04-01-2007, 08:29 PM   #18
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When I made the 666 brew I ended up with 10 gallons of wort and boiled it down to 5 . . . it was a 240 minute boil.
How'd it turn out? I'd think the FG would be kinda on the high side due to carmelization.
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Old 04-01-2007, 11:02 PM   #19
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How'd it turn out? I'd think the FG would be kinda on the high side due to carmelization.
I'm kinda biased . . .
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Old 04-01-2007, 11:20 PM   #20
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the only time I go longer than 60 is to boil down to get the right amount of wort

but all of the above are good reasons

 
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