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Caramelizing Runnings For A Scottish 80.

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Dave70

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Is there a reliable way of finding the sweet spot (pardon atrocious pun) when caramelising runnings? I'd like to get those toffee / butterscotch notes without it winding up all cloying and sickly sweet. Would three litres be enough for a 20 litre batch?

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Three litres should be fine. FWFW, I've found the process is a little bit hit and miss as it isn't a 100% reliable character that is developed, but certainly worthwhile doing as something different.
 

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I caramelised 3 litres of wort for a 20 litre batch of Scotch Ale and found it to be just slightly too sweet. So I certainly wouldnt go more than three litres.

But others who tried it said it was spot on. I suppose its up to the individuals own taste.

Its certainly improving with age though and is much better after 2 months in the bottle.
 

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Do you caramelize it on the side in another pot and then throw it back into the main boil pot?
Yes, you've got it.
The end point is a hot gooey mess in the second pot, avoiding burning it is the main thing. A Useful discussion.
 

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Yes, you've got it.
The end point is a hot gooey mess in the second pot, avoiding burning it is the main thing. A Useful discussion.
Good linky.

I'll be reducing mine in the main kettle then adding the rest of the wort. Saves the dogs the trouble of having to lick the pot clean when I inevitably burn it.
 

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