I was cooking up a LHBS recipe using a can of extract. I boiled up some
water, about 1 KG of sugar and some extra grains (I don't know what the
grains were, they were part of the kit) and some hops (about 15 gm), without
thinking I also added the can of extract to the boil. Is this likely to
wreck my beer?
Using both sugar and extract is not going to ruin your batch. The only
concern I would have is that it sounds like you boiled your grains (probably
crystal malt or some kind of dark malt, like chocolate or black patent).
Boiling the grains can cause some of the tannins in the husks to come out.
Tannins are what make red wine kind of astringent tasting. Your beer may
have a little bit of a pucker to it. But, it should still be drinkable.
Next time, instead of boiling the specialty grains, put them in a mesh bag
and steep them in the cold water as the pot heats. When the pot just
reaches the boil, remove the grain bag. Then add your extracts and hops and
boil away. Also, I would avoid using a lot of sugar in the boil. Sugar can
lighten the body of your beer and make it too "watery." Instead of sugar,
just up the amount of extract, 1 part for every part of sugar called for.
You'll be happy with the results.
Thanks for the tips, I was just a little worried that when I boiled the can
of extract (Glen Brew) the wort darkened considerably, the recipe DOES NOT
say to boil the can's contents. What is supposed to be an American Pal Ale
is now a little darker than a Kilkenny with a distinct red colour to it.
I have to take a bit if exception to this..if you're using a prehopped
extract kit with no additional hops, the boil will drive off a lot of
the bitterness and aroma from the hops. Most no boil kits are
specifically formulated to be no boil, and you should probably make them
that way unless you plan on adding extra ingredients.
Uh-oh. I've boiled a couple of no boil kits for at least 10 to 15
minutes thinking it will bring out the flavor of the hops more. So
your saying you should only boil a "no boil" kit if for example you
wanted to add some flavor hops or something like that? Also wouldn't
it be ok if you boiled a no-boil kit for around 5 minutes just to be
sure your killing all the bad guys?