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Old 08-28-2007, 03:31 AM   #1
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So...it's now 11:29 PM. My housemates have gone to bed. I'm boiling my wort on the stove (definitely springing for a propane burner) and I don't have a top, so I'm using tin foil. Haha, it's a little thrown-together, but I've been pretty diligent with the sanitation, so hopefully things'll pan out well. Uggh, wish me luck, I'll be adding hops in the next five minutes or so...


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Old 08-28-2007, 03:36 AM   #2
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Good luck. Just take your time and make notes on what it is that do.

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Old 08-28-2007, 03:51 AM   #3
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Hey, I have a quick question if anybody's around. My stove/tin foil apparatus can get the wort up to just about 212, but i'm not getting any foam. In other words, there is definitely no risk of boiling over although the liquid is most definitely boiling. It's been almost twenty minutes since I added hops-- here's my 2-part question: Is it possible (probable at this point?) that I will not experience a hot break? And if so, will that "ruin" the beer?
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Old 08-28-2007, 06:21 AM   #4
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Hey first Brewday buddy. I just finished starting to ferment a few hours ago! I also did not have a very large boil up and was wondering if this was bad haha. It would be great to know.
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when using extract i have noticed that i get little if any hot-break other than right after the hops go in. oh yeah you don't want to cover beer w a lid while boiling. there are some off gases that can spoil the taste if they are not released.

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Personally, i don't know HOW you even CAN over the pot while boiling, won't that for sure make it boil over?? One would think.....
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It sounds like you covered your pot, next time don't.
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It sounds like you covered your pot, next time don't.
Yes, definately do not cover your pot during boiling. It'll cause your beer to taste like sulphur. Not good.
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yep, you want the wort to boil down, losing some to evaporation, because what's evaporating are nasty tasting compounds that'll give funny taste to the beer, and make it lose long term stability (i.e. it'll skunk in the bottle sooner, rather than later)
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Thanks for the advice, all. I'd read that the wort shouldn't be kept covered during the boil, and I did keep a space open for some evaporation to take place, but my stove couldn't get the wort hot enough to get much of a boil going unless I covered most of it. I'm not expecting this batch to be mind-blowing or anything-- it was more of an experience to inform my later batches, and I've already got a list of things to do differently next time, haha. First on list: get a propane burner...


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