Quick Question: 60 or 20 minute boil?

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by esv, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. esv

    esv Aficionado (240) Virginia May 26, 2005

    I'm brewing an extract pale ale. My hopping schedule starts at 20 minutes. I'm just using some crystal, which has been steeped and dme. Do I need to do a 60 minute boil or can I basically do a 20 minute boil?
  2. inchrisin

    inchrisin Savant (470) Indiana Sep 25, 2008

    So long as you're sure you don't add your hops at the 40 minute mark you could get away with a 20 min boil. Is this some sort of a hop burst recipe?
  3. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Advocate (615) Colorado Jan 20, 2012

    I've done short boils and late extract additions to my boils and find they just don't turn out quite as well as the full boil does.
  4. A 60 minute boil will give you better hop utilization
  5. Only if hops are added at 60 or earlier.
  6. VikeMan

    VikeMan Champion (855) Pennsylvania Jul 12, 2009 Verified

    If you only boil 20 minutes, you'll get less melanoidin formation, which you may or may not like.
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  7. utahbeerdude

    utahbeerdude Savant (475) Utah May 2, 2006

    I've done several 20-minute-boil batches using extract and specialty grains. All APA type beers. All were quite good.