Beginner’s Guide to Home Brewing – The Boil

The burner should be set up on a level surface preferably concrete like the slab at the base of the deck stairs or on the patio. Be careful to avoid combustibles since the burner produces huge quantities of heat. Grass nearby could also be damaged. All the boiling will be down there and the transferring on the deck. Refer to the recipe pages and choose one to brew. Gather the ingredients together and prepare your equipment.

For a 5 gal. batch start by putting 6 ½ Gals. of water in your boiling kettle and bring to a boil. Keeping the kettle covered will help the water come to a boil faster. Then shut off the gas ,remove kettle and stir in the extract until well dissolved. Avoid aeration. Scrape out the remaining extract in the plastic pouch or can or you can ladle in some of the hot wort and swish it around and dump it back into the kettle. This way you are getting all the malt. Bring the wort to a boil, stir gently to prevent burning on the bottom. I use a remote thermometer to monitor the temp to avoid a boil over which results in a mess. Otherwise keep an eye on the wort and once it starts to boil you might need to lower the heat to prevent a boil over. As it boils add the hops according to the schedule in the recipe. An example : @ 5 min. meaning 5 min. after start of the boil. It could be up to three additions depending on the style. Whenever adding hops be careful since a lot of foam will be produced which can cause a mess. Sprinkle the hops into the kettle as you are stirring to evenly dissolve.

Boiling the wort for one hour is needed for several reasons and I’ll give you some basics. Also, all the boiling should be done without a lid to vent off some unwanted chemicals. Boiling sterilizes the wort so any organisms present are killed and the wort becomes sterile. It also helps to break down proteins that create a head on beer, dissolves hop oils into the wort, causes the ingredients to thoroughly combine and a whole lot of other biochemical reactions to take place. Let’s just say we need a good rolling boil for an hour or so. The addition of Irish Moss to help clarify the wort is sometimes recommended in some recipes. While the wort is boiling we can get ready for the next few steps. Warning! Burners and Hot Kettles Can Be Dangerous – Be Careful

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