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ndcube:
If you do a 2.5-3 hour boil for a Wee Heavy should you still boil a gallon of the first runnings down?

blatz:

--- Quote from: ndcube on December 07, 2009, 01:14:20 PM ---If you do a 2.5-3 hour boil for a Wee Heavy should you still boil a gallon of the first runnings down?

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personally, I wouldn't - the 'mini' boil down is to avoid that, IMO.

hamiltont:
I don't think I would.  IMO the 1 gallon to 1 quart boil reduction/caramelization replaces the loooong boil.

dhacker:
My understanding is YES based on the the percentage of reduction between the boiled down first runnings and the percentage of  reduction in the balance of the kettle volume. There is no way you can achieve the same caramelization/ maillard reactions in the BK as you can boiling down the first runnings.

Hamiltont and Blatz . . I think he was asking if he should boil the first runnings . . I think!

blatz:

--- Quote from: hamiltont on December 07, 2009, 01:34:33 PM ---I don't think I would.  IMO the 1 gallon to 1 quart boil reduction/caramelization replaces the loooong boil.

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is that so???  ;D ;D

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