Quick Question: 60 or 20 minute boil?

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

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  1. esv

    esv Initiate (0) May 26, 2005 Virginia
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    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 Defender (654) Sep 25, 2008 Indiana

    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 Meyvn (1,005) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    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. TriageStat

    TriageStat Disciple (320) Sep 20, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    A 60 minute boil will give you better hop utilization
  5. OddNotion

    OddNotion Devotee (478) Nov 1, 2009 New Jersey
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    Only if hops are added at 60 or earlier.
  6. VikeMan

    VikeMan Meyvn (1,419) Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    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 Disciple (372) May 2, 2006 Utah

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