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Old 11-23-2011, 12:20 AM   #1
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Default Why boiling the wort?

I'm keen on trying more advanced recipes and wonder why I need to boil the wort?
Some of the recipe I found give me different boiling time for 1/2h to 1h,why?

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Old 11-23-2011, 12:27 AM   #2
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The word brew means to boil. While you can cheat on extracts, as that wort was essentially boiled during its' production, boiling does a number of things including sterilization, hop extraction, hot break creation, color, etc. Get a good homebrewing book like Palmer's "How to Brew" which will answer most of you brewing questions and give good explanation of techniques, ingredients and styles.
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Old 11-23-2011, 12:28 AM   #3
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Also boil times vary due to different requirements of boil off and caramelization among other things according to the style of beer being brewed.

+1 on "How to Brew" also pick up "Brewing Classic Styles". Those 2 books will get you a long ways.
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