BarlickHomeBrewer wrote:Hi All
They state to bring 6 litres to the boil then add the malt, and then add the remainder of the dried malt at a later stage.
What will happen to the hot break when adding additional malt?
First off, there is no 'Hot Break' associated with Extract Brewing. That's an entirely different thing that happens when brewing All Grain. In the case of Malt Extract, the Hot Break (and Cold Break) has already happened during the manufacturing process
The method which I'm thinking of doing is bringing 10 litres up to temp then adding all 3kg malt at once. Once hot break has passed carry on with the instructions with the hop additions.
This will mean the Specific Gravity of the brew, at this stage, will be too high and the hop extraction efficiency will go down. This will give slightly lower bitterness and some lack of flavour. You could do a 10 lt boil, and if you do then you should add 1.5 Kg of the Malt Extract. This will maintain the correct SG. If you wish to add all the Extract at the start you need to boil 18 lts.
The best way to avoid problems with adding the remainder of the Malt Extract is to wait until the end of the boil, turn off the heat and then add the Extract. That way it won't boil over.
Personally, I would add the rest of the Malt Extract after steeping the final hops, as this should extract more flavour.
All the later extract kits do it this way:"Instructions (From Hop Back Summer Lightning)
Bring 6 litres of water to between 65-70°c and dissolve 1.0 kg of the Malt Extract in the liquid and bring to the boil. Add 38 gms Challenger hops. Boil for 65 mins then add 13 gms of Golding Hops. Boil for a further 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the liquid to cool to 80°c and add the 9 gms of Goldings and allow to steep for 30 mins, then add the rest of the malt extract.
My other questions is the instructions say to steep with heat turned off for final hop additions.
Am I right in thinking that steeping just involves turning heat off and leaving to stand for the instructed time
Do I need to place the lid on my pan 2 whilst steeping
Yes, just turn off the heat and add the hops. Normally, you let the brew cool to about 80°c to get the full hop flavour and retain as much of the aroma as possible, but it's personal preference.
You can leave the lid on or off.