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Old 10-24-2011, 02:17 AM   #1
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Default Late extract additions with a full boil?

I've recently started doing full boils and have been adding all the extract at the beginning, even when a recipe calls for a late addition. My thinking was that the late addition was suggested only because the recipe is a partial boil recipe.

For a higher gravity beer would it still make sense to hold some of the extract until the end or would it not make much difference? I'm thinking for a recipe that includes 8-12 lbs of extract I could add 6 lb at the beginning and the rest at the end. Am I over-thinking this?
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Late extract addition also has to do with the fact that extract has already undergone the boiling process. So unless adding it fulfills some other function there's no need.
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I guess what I'm asking is if there is any benefit from a late addition when you're doing a full boil? It's a lot easier to just add everything at the beginning so that's what I've been doing. I add the wort chiller to the kettle towards the end of the boil so adding more extract at that point is a little more annoying.
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By adding late you will get higher hop bittering utilization.

Also, I feel that the 60 mins tends to cause a melanoiden(SP?) reaction. Which causes a carmalized, fuller bodied, darker beer.

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I guess what I'm asking is if there is any benefit from a late addition when you're doing a full boil?
Palmer has mentioned when you boil extract you will drop out more of the proteins that are responsible for head retention. I guess that works if you're looking for a headless clear beer.

Now you know the arguments, try it both ways and see what works for you.
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