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Old 09-30-2008, 07:28 PM   #1
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Just wondering, when I brew using extract, am I doing the right thing.

I bring water to the boil.
Add the liquid malt extract.
That usually brings the temperature down quite a bit, so I wait for it to boil again, and then add the hops, and start the hour long boil.

Is this right, or should I start counting the hour and adding the hops immediately after adding the LME?


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Old 09-30-2008, 07:31 PM   #2
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No - for me time stops and then starts again to ge a full 60 minutes boil.

Make sure you take the pot off teh stove for adding the extract and then mix. Could burn.


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Old 09-30-2008, 07:41 PM   #3
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I generally start my boil time once I get the wort boiling and add the 1st set of hops.

1) Steep specialty grains
2) Bring to boil, remove from heat add extract
3) Bring to boil, add bittering hops, start 60 min timer.
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Sounds to me like you are doing the exact right thing; wait for it to return to boil, add hops, and start 60 minute timer.
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Old 09-30-2008, 08:19 PM   #5
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Although what is to stop you from adding the extract immediately after removing your specialty grains, bringing the wort to a boil then adding the hops and starting the 60m time? I suppose the longer the extract is on heat the more caramelization, but other than that I don't know if it would make a difference and would reduce the process by a step.
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Although what is to stop you from adding the extract immediately after removing your specialty grains, bringing the wort to a boil then adding the hops and starting the 60m time? I suppose the longer the extract is on heat the more caramelization, but other than that I don't know if it would make a difference and would reduce the process by a step.
It will take the extract longer to dissolve in the colder water.
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It will take the extract longer to dissolve in the colder water.
Would that be the same for LME vs DME do you think? I may have to try it next time to see how it goes.
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Would that be the same for LME vs DME do you think? I may have to try it next time to see how it goes.
Definitely for DME, I'm guessing LME might be a bit easier, but it will still take longer to dissolve in the colder water I think.
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Old 04-03-2010, 12:56 PM   #9
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Hi everyone,

Just a quick question about boiling times for the LME. I have read a few of the threads about extract boiling times and I see that most say an hour or so of boiling, but I did find one that said longer 10-15 minutes is unnessesary.

The guy at the local homebrew store said has on his website to only boil for10 minutes, and he encouraged my friend and I to follow his instructions, so we did. We boiled the water, added the liquid malt extract and other can that said IPA on it, than boiled for 10 minutes. Is this fine? What effect might this have? Any reason to boil for an hour?

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Hi everyone,

Just a quick question about boiling times for the LME. I have read a few of the threads about extract boiling times and I see that most say an hour or so of boiling, but I did find one that said longer 10-15 minutes is unnessesary.

The guy at the local homebrew store said has on his website to only boil for10 minutes, and he encouraged my friend and I to follow his instructions, so we did. We boiled the water, added the liquid malt extract and other can that said IPA on it, than boiled for 10 minutes. Is this fine? What effect might this have? Any reason to boil for an hour?

Thanks in advance,

mechedd
Hi! The reason for an hour boil is for the hops, not the extract. It sounded like you used a can of extract that already had the hops in it (the kit), so that was fine.

They were talking about not using a kit, and so were adding hops for bittering the beer. When the hops are added, that's when the boil time starts. Prehopped canned extract doesn't need to be boiled at all, but as you've found in your experience, it can be if you want to dissolve it with more extract and/or sugar.


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