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Old 01-22-2013, 12:27 AM   #1
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I have heard 90 is better than a 60 minute boil. What are the benefits, and how would I adjust the timings of my hop additions? Would I boil the extract for 30 then start following the directions? I use NB extract kits. Thanks.

 
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:31 AM   #2
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I can't think of a single benefit to a 90 minute boil for an extract batch. Not even one.

I don't often do a 90 minute boil even for an AG batch, although sometimes I do based on the grainbill (pilsner malt).

I'd do a 60 minute boil, adding at least half of the extract at the end of the boil (instead of all at it in the beginning), for any extract brew.
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:28 AM   #3
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Yooper, why add half of the extract at the end? If that is better why do the instructions not recommend that? Thanks.

 
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:55 AM   #4
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It helps with hop utilization and lightens the beer.

 
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Yooper, why add half of the extract at the end? If that is better why do the instructions not recommend that? Thanks.
It reduces maillard reactions, resulting in a less "cooked extract", almost caramelized taste. It keeps the color lighter as well. Sometimes a light beer gets really dark when it's extract, just because of the lengthy boiling of the extract. Since extract has already been processed, it doesn't need a boil but maybe some pasteurizing at flame out temps is a good idea!

It's a relatively new (about 5-6 years?) thought, but it's widely accepted and practiced now. I think some of Northern Brewer's kits incorporate the late extract addition, and many others do as well.
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