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I just did my first batch on a campchef propane burner http://cascadeclimbers.com/gear/hiking/product/Camp-Chef-Yukon-Stove.html
Problem is that in the during the boil it never crossed my mind that I didn't have to have the burner on high the whole time. Towards the end of the boil when stirring I could feel some gritty harder bits in the bottom of the pot, I assume to be scorched sugars.

Question is: What type of flavor am I going to be looking for to know if this is what happened, and what other ill effects other than off flavors can I expect this to have caused?

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Was it an extract batch? If so, did you cut the flame while adding the extract to the kettle? – Brandon Mar 16 '11 at 20:21
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It usually tastes like ashy burnt sugar. But if you racked the beer out of the kettle and there wasn't a big black spot in the bottom of the kettle then you have no worries.

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What a relief. No big black burnt spot, just noticed darker small bits of burned sugar rolling around in the bottom. Thanks for the response. – Bullet86 Mar 10 '11 at 4:12
I don't even know if its possible to have bits of sugar rolling around the bottom of the kettle. Are you sure it isn't just grain material or hop debris? – brewchez Mar 10 '11 at 15:48
I actually did another batch with the same burner, this time with more control. Had the same feel in the bottom so it must just have been debris. I just never noticed on a stove-top batch. – Bullet86 Mar 22 '11 at 0:20

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