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Old 12-09-2012, 09:05 PM   #1
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Hey guys.

My first attempt at making beer, I decided to go with an American Wheat using cans of extract, in a pre-made kit

I'm boiling my wort, but I don't have much foam at all, so I'm not sure what will indicate the "break". Any ideas? Also, can you damage your wort by boiling too long?


[EDIT:] One more thing. My brewing kettle came with a lid, but the instructions don't mention boiling it covered. Should I?

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Old 12-09-2012, 09:12 PM   #2
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1. do not, under any circumstance, cover that pot or you will quickly find out what a "boil" is.

2. if you are at good rolling boil, and i mean a GOOD rolling boil, then put your hops in and start your timer


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Old 12-09-2012, 09:13 PM   #3
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Foam is not indicative of break, break likely wont be noticed during the boil, as long as you have a solid boil, you are good, and no you can't boil too long. But you will get into evaporation loss issues...

DO NOT cover it while you boil...

 
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Also,if any of those cans of LME are pre-hopped,do not boil them. That messes up the hop profile. Extracts generally don't get the big,fast foaming hot break. Although I had it happen once with a pound of plain wheat DME I added to an ale boil I was doing. The hot break comes on fast right before boil temp is reached. That foam comes up fast like The Blob. Generally,putting a lid on the BK can cause DMS to form. But that's mainly with AG & PM. Not so much with all extract beers.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:37 PM   #5
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Another thing -
I checked the gravity and it was at about 1.035, while the kit said starting gravity should be 1.049-1.051 ...is this bad? And what could have caused this?

 
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:46 PM   #6
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Another thing -
I checked the gravity and it was at about 1.035, while the kit said starting gravity should be 1.049-1.051 ...is this bad? And what could have caused this?
Did you use all the ingredients? It's kind of hard to miss gravity by that much while using extract...

 
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:06 PM   #7
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To my knowledge. There wasn't much to work with - just extract and hops pellets. I may have used too much water - or not done a good job scooping out extract that is clinging to the inside of the jars.

 
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Or not mixed the wort/top off water well enough to get an accurate reading,which is usually the case.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:29 PM   #9
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So it should still be good to go?

 
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Yeah,if you got it all in & mixed decent,you should wind up with whatever OG/FG was intended for the kit.


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