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Boil Times
« on: April 09, 2010, 01:45:51 AM »
I have been reading a few books lately on brewing. I have noticed that several pro-brewers suggest a variety of boil times for the homebrewer. Some suggest the usual 60min, some say 90min, some say, at least 75min, now this is taking out the variance on beer styles since they all can call for different times, this is the basic base time. Claims vary from 60min being long enough to 90min being the best option for protein break. So my question is what is your go to time on the boil? And if there is a specific reason you have chosen that time?

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Re: Boil Times
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2010, 02:03:44 AM »
I'm pretty much a 90 minute man. Good boil reductio and break.
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Re: Boil Times
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2010, 04:21:58 AM »
Longer seems generally better when it comes to the boil for me.  I generally let the wort boil for 15 minutes or so before adding my bittering hops.  75 minutes if I am using a pale ale base malt, 90 minutes is more common if I brew with pilsner malts which I believe benefit a longer boil.
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Re: Boil Times
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2010, 04:49:31 AM »
I use whatever it takes with my boiloff rate to hit my desired gravity. Generally that falls around 75-80 min, but at times it is ~65 min.
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Re: Boil Times
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2010, 05:00:59 AM »
I also like to let the boil get going good and finish the break before adding my first charge of hops, so 75 is the average time for me. Unless it's a really big, dark beer . . then upwards of 2 hours. But Mike's method of targeting his desired gravity is really the most precise way to do it. Since there is some variability in the boil intensity, your boil off rate is also gonna vary some from batch to batch. Eventually though, you kinda get a good feel for that
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Re: Boil Times
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2010, 06:45:13 AM »
I use to do just a straight 60 minutes which began after the hot break disappeared/was skimmed off.  I recently just bought a bag of Weyermann pilsner and now do 75 minutes as my standard.

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Re: Boil Times
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2010, 07:03:38 AM »
I brew mostly with Pilsner malt and I do 90 min boil. 
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Re: Boil Times
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2010, 07:07:53 AM »
I use whatever it takes with my boiloff rate to hit my desired gravity. Generally that falls around 75-80 min, but at times it is ~65 min.

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Re: Boil Times
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2010, 07:13:38 AM »
I use whatever it takes with my boiloff rate to hit my desired gravity. Generally that falls around 75-80 min, but at times it is ~65 min.

Same here

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Re: Boil Times
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2010, 09:03:03 AM »
I use whatever it takes with my boiloff rate to hit my desired gravity. Generally that falls around 75-80 min, but at times it is ~65 min.

Same here

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Re: Boil Times
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2010, 11:00:14 AM »
Depends on what type of base malt I'm using. Pilsner gets about 90 minutes total. Two-row or Pale malt gets 60-75 and I'm not above doing 45 minute bittering additions instead of 60.

What I keep an eye out for is the break after the foam rises and then subsides. Once it does that the hops get added and the timer counts down.
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Re: Boil Times
« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2010, 11:22:28 AM »
With me, it depends on the style I'm brewing.  Boil time can vary from 60 minutes to 3 hours.

Do I need to boil off DMS (Pilsner malt)?  It's 90 minutes.

Do I need to develop melanoidns? It's 90-180 minutes

Can I get away with a 60 minute boil?  If I can, I don't start the timer until hot break is done and I'm droping in my 60 minute hop addition.

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Re: Boil Times
« Reply #12 on: April 09, 2010, 11:49:06 AM »
With me, it depends on the style I'm brewing.  Boil time can vary from 60 minutes to 3 hours.

Do I need to boil off DMS (Pilsner malt)?  It's 90 minutes.

Do I need to develop melanoidns? It's 90-180 minutes

Can I get away with a 60 minute boil?  If I can, I don't start the timer until hot break is done and I'm droping in my 60 minute hop addition.
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Re: Boil Times
« Reply #13 on: April 09, 2010, 12:19:34 PM »
Melanoidins are colors, just add some crystal or melanoidin malt  ;)
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Re: Boil Times
« Reply #14 on: April 09, 2010, 12:25:59 PM »
Melanoidins are colors, just add some crystal or melanoidin malt  ;)
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