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Old 12-01-2008, 09:57 PM   #1
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As my friend and I were brewing our Holiday Ale this weekend I was watching it boil and wondered "Why do we boil for a hour" aside from the obvious, to kill the bacteria (would seem that the bacteria would not live much past a few min.) Why? I know there is more to this. I have seen the 20 min boil kits but honestly I like the hr boil time this gives me time rhahb. so any insight?

 
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Old 12-01-2008, 10:23 PM   #2
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Hop extraction efficiency differs with boil time
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Old 12-01-2008, 11:14 PM   #3
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It also helps remove DMS precursers. It's a concern for all-grain brewers.

 
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Old 12-01-2008, 11:20 PM   #4
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It's pretty important for the reasons mentioned and more. Have a look at http://www.howtobrew.com

There's tons of good information there. You might want to pick up the book by the same name too. He expands on the information provided online quite a bit.
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