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What is an adequate wort boil time
« on: January 30, 2013, 03:22:14 PM »
I've been adding an extra gallon of water or so to my tun near the end of my sparge, and just let it gravity run off while I'm finishing up the rest of my brew day. I end up with a gallon or more which I can just boil up and use for my next starter.

I trust I don't need to boil it all that long as most of it will be decanted off the yeast. I've been going with 15-20 minutes, or enough to evaporate it to around 1.026-30 gravity. Then I either can it, if I have a goodly amount, or refrigerate or freeze.

Any problems with this procedure?
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Re: What is an adequate wort boil time
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2013, 03:53:13 PM »
Your process sounds fine to me.  You are only boiling for sanitation reasons (no hops) so 15 or 20 minutes should be fine. 

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Re: What is an adequate wort boil time
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2013, 03:59:31 PM »
I think your gravity is a little low for a starter.  My starters are usually 1.040.
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What is an adequate wort boil time
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2013, 04:00:24 PM »
You could also just freeze it and boil it when you make your starter.

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Re: What is an adequate wort boil time
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2013, 04:13:04 PM »
AFAIAC, 1.026-30 is perfect for a starter.  Tom, if you're reading, any significant difference to the yeast between 1.026 and 1.040?  Would you prefer one over the other?

To your question, Diane, I agree with everybody else....that should be plenty of time.
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Re: What is an adequate wort boil time
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2013, 02:48:17 AM »
There would be a difference to the yeast, but I am not sure it makes enough of a difference to worry about.  I wouldn't go above 1.040 though, I think it is just a waste of DME.  I make my starters with ~10% DME and 100% water, which should have SG around 1.037.  I should probably cut back to 8% DME.
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Re: What is an adequate wort boil time
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2013, 09:19:20 AM »
You could also just freeze it and boil it when you make your starter.

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Re: What is an adequate wort boil time
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2013, 09:31:57 AM »
There would be a difference to the yeast, but I am not sure it makes enough of a difference to worry about.  I wouldn't go above 1.040 though, I think it is just a waste of DME.  I make my starters with ~10% DME and 100% water, which should have SG around 1.037.  I should probably cut back to 8% DME.
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Re: What is an adequate wort boil time
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2013, 09:36:12 AM »
There would be a difference to the yeast, but I am not sure it makes enough of a difference to worry about.  I wouldn't go above 1.040 though, I think it is just a waste of DME.  I make my starters with ~10% DME and 100% water, which should have SG around 1.037.  I should probably cut back to 8% DME.
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Re: What is an adequate wort boil time
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2013, 10:11:40 AM »
There would be a difference to the yeast, but I am not sure it makes enough of a difference to worry about.  I wouldn't go above 1.040 though, I think it is just a waste of DME.  I make my starters with ~10% DME and 100% water, which should have SG around 1.037.  I should probably cut back to 8% DME.
wait that's 110% Tom, how do you manage that?  :o ;D
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Re: What is an adequate wort boil time
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2013, 10:31:58 AM »
I trust I don't need to boil it all that long as most of it will be decanted off the yeast. I've been going with 15-20 minutes, or enough to evaporate it to around 1.026-30 gravity. Then I either can it, if I have a goodly amount, or refrigerate or freeze.

Any problems with this procedure?

I've used second runnings for starters and also "waking up" yeast slurrys prior to fermention with great success. I like to boil the wort if has been stored or frozen, as a precautionary (sanitation) measure. I'll boil for 10 minutes minimum. I aim for 1.030-1.040.

This procedure works well.
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Re: What is an adequate wort boil time
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2013, 10:38:50 AM »
I trust I don't need to boil it all that long as most of it will be decanted off the yeast. I've been going with 15-20 minutes, or enough to evaporate it to around 1.026-30 gravity. Then I either can it, if I have a goodly amount, or refrigerate or freeze.

Any problems with this procedure?

I've used second runnings for starters and also "waking up" yeast slurrys prior to fermention with great success. I like to boil the wort if has been stored or frozen, as a precautionary (sanitation) measure. I'll boil for 10 minutes minimum. I aim for 1.030-1.040.

This procedure works well.

I have done this in the past to great affect. I keep meaning to do it again but I am too lazy. Next time (we will see).

What I like to do is put about .75 qt in a 1 qt mason jar and pressure can it. This should make it totally safe and sterile for storage unfrozen for a very long time. and with .25 qt head space I can sanitize the outside, crack the seal, pitch the yeast and shake it up.
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Re: What is an adequate wort boil time
« Reply #12 on: January 31, 2013, 12:14:17 PM »
it is appropriate to boil wort anytime between 0001 am and 1159 pm 8)
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Re: What is an adequate wort boil time
« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2013, 02:09:16 PM »
it is appropriate to boil wort anytime between 0001 am and 1159 pm 8)
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Re: What is an adequate wort boil time
« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2013, 02:47:50 PM »
midnight is for a one minute sampling spree
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