New answers tagged boil
I hate answer my own question, but I believe I have cobbled together at least some of the information I am looking for. As mdma pointed out, you need a pressure cooker or an autoclave (performed correctly) to sterilize. For safe drinking water, "common" bacteria are killed in 1 minute (or 3 minutes at altitude). The only other reference I could find ...
I think the factor isn't that you want sterile wort, but sanitized wort. You may not get sterile wort from boiling, but that isn't a problem. The wort is surrounded by barely sanitary air, so it's going to be contaminated to some degree from the get go. The key point is that the massive yeast population (>100bn cells for a 5 gallon batch) scavenge dissolved ...
10 min boil extra 1/2 cups water, what you may lose during that time. DME/Prime Sugar. Why risk losing your beer over saving few minutes.
The only thing I could see happening is the ability to give it a really cool name like Snow Balls Ale, or Blizzard Stout, or Black Ice Lager or something
One thing that no one has mentioned yet is that a stronger boil promotes beer clarity. The proteins in the wort are forced to "clump together" more. Increasing the size of the proteins like that causes them to fall out more easily.
There's a few consequences, none of them are game over's. First off, don't leave your lid on the kettle when you boil. This will effect your evaporation rate and you'll likely not hit your Original Gravity as you would expect. Also, Dimethyl sulfide (DMS) is a sulfur compound which leaves a taste of cooked or cream corn in your beer (a signature off ...
I believe alpha-acid isomerization occurs well short of boiling (like 170-180°F), so you should be fine on hop additions and bitterness. You'll get less boiloff/evaporation, especially with the lid on, so you might need to adjust your original gravity expectations accordingly. There might be a reduction in any kettle caramelization or darkening you would ...
You'll be fine, as long as there isn't some obvious source contaminating the snow - like if it's actually falling off of a tree or roof and not coming directly from the clouds. Snow is basically freeze distilled so it's pretty clean. I suppose if it's coming down very hard and several inches of snow fall in there it could it could dilute it a little bit, ...
Top 50 recent answers are included