Does anyone boil for > 90min?

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  1. mtb

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    Posted 14/11/17 at 10:22 AM
    My go-to boil length is 90min for any beer. Ensures no DMS in lighter pils-base beers, and I apply it to ales for the Maillard reactions / darker hues / sexy ruby tones / ease of adapting my Beersmith equipment profile. Such sexy, sexy ruby tones.

    Then there was that one beer. The one I made that was incredible but I've never been able to reproduce. I had about 50 people sample it at a family gathering and it remains the one EVERYBODY asks whether I have more of. It only recently occurred to me recently, when brewing that fabled magical wort, I actually miscalculated at the time and added far too much sparge water so had to increase the boil length to three hours to compensate.

    My question is - has anyone else noticed an improvement in a batch when extending the boil time? What style was it? Mine was an IPA. Every other aspect of that brew day was fairly vanilla.

    NB: I am very aware of the exbeeriments on this topic undertaken by Brulosophy and choose not to consider them.
     
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    Posted 14/11/17 at 10:58 AM
    Yes I’ve sampled many brulosophy topics and noticed no decernable difference to my attitude to their conclusions.
     
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    Posted 14/11/17 at 10:59 AM
    Yes - if doing something like a wee heavy or doppelbock.
    3 hrs is my go to there.
    SMASH wee heavy or a touch of roast barley for that dry roast but no crystal - just uk pale. 3 hr boil, you’d swear there was crystal in there. Obviously volume is reduced and/or grain bill increased.
     
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    Posted 14/11/17 at 11:04 AM
    I often end up with 2+ hr boils as I am often pretty generous sparging into the kettle. I do notice after such a long boil the wort gets very bright with large snail size flocs without any help with finings. Apart from that I haven't noticed much difference.
     
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    Posted 14/11/17 at 11:27 AM
    The 3hr boil effect on this particular IPA was a sweetness discernibly different to that of standard dextrins and unfermentables.. maybe I ought to do my own side-by-side xbeeriment in preparation for the family Xmas BBQ, get my nan wasted.
     
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    Posted 14/11/17 at 12:51 PM
    I do sometimes, especially if I have had a stuck lauter/sparge and need to regain some mash efficiency. In this case I do an extra sparge and longer boil to remove the extra volume to recover some OG points.

    Did a 3 hour boil on a IIPA I did with reiterative mash and the wife is always saying that was the best beer I have brewed. All beers now are compared to that one. Take from that what you will. It was delicious beer though.
     

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