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Old 09-21-2008, 06:19 PM   #11
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I just keep stirring until the clumps break up, and then I turn the heat back on.
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Old 09-22-2008, 02:25 AM   #12
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Hot water - usually first touch of boil.

Heat off - I brew on an electric stove, so I physically remove the pot from the burner - with gas just turn off the flame.

Add and stir - if you have help, add while stirring.

Stir until there are no clumps, lumps, etc.

Put back on heat. Scoop the hot break before it boils over.
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Old 09-22-2008, 02:29 AM   #13
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I add only 1 lb at a time to the pot and make sure it's dissolved before adding the next pound.
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Old 09-22-2008, 04:45 AM   #14
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Hot water dissolves it much easier. The clumps stay clumpier in colder water. When I first got started with a Mr Beer kit, it said to dissolve the sugar in cold water, then raise to a boil, and add the canned extract. I don't know why their directions were so opposite of what I do now. But I'd definitely go with hot water.
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