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Offline jimrod

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Traquair house Clone
« on: December 28, 2011, 02:21:17 AM »
I've heard of boiling the first 2 gallons down to 1 pint and adding it back to the wort.  Is this just to add a caramel taste to the beer?
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Re: Traquair house Clone
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2011, 09:31:43 AM »
Pretty much so, although I don't know if "caramel" is exactly the right description.  And in Skotrat's classic recipe, I think it's a gal. that gets boiled down, not 2.

ETA: After looking at the recipe, it seems like the 2 gal. boildown is for an 11 gal. batch.  I've always done only 1 gal. for a 5-5.5 gal. batch.
« Last Edit: December 28, 2011, 09:37:41 AM by denny »
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Re: Traquair house Clone
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2011, 12:26:17 PM »
it definitely adds a level of richness to the malt flavor - I can't say its definitely caramel tasting however - but I have used this technique in Skotrat's recipe and my old ale with great success.

always done 1gal --> 1 pint per 5 gallons - be sure to watch the boildown carefully once it gets below a half gallon as it can get away from you in a hurry and create a huge mess.  Also, be sure to either collect more runnings or add water to keep your volume what you planned.
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Re: Traquair house Clone
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2011, 12:28:05 PM »
boil it down until you're scared!
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Re: Traquair house Clone
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2011, 07:54:20 AM »
boil it down until you're scared!

Yeah, that boiled down pint is like syrup!  And darn tasty too!
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