Collect runnings now, boil later?

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Brett3rThanU

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So usually it takes me about 5.5 - 6 hours to brew, but I've got a softball game (with beer of course) today in the middle of the day. Is it okay if I do my mash and collect all my runnings in the bucket now, then take a 3-4 hour break and boil it this evening? Any negatives?
 

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The one problem with that is you may develop an infection during that time. Of course you would kill it off when you boiled but it might already have created a funk by then. It is actually one of the shortcuts to try to simulate a sour beer. If you are able to heat it just to pasteurize it before you leave it for a few hours and keep the lid on, then come back and do your boil you should be fine. Just bring it to a momentary boil, and it should take so long to cool that it will pasteurize it.
 
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