Originally Posted by sourceworx
Be careful with the wheat extract in the hefe. The hot break (foaming up when it initially reaches boiling temps) can be intense. Also if you're doing partial boils (2.5-3 gallon boils, then adding extra water in the fermenter) add half the extract at the beginning, and the rest when there is 10-20 minutes left. It will prevent caramelization of the wort, which will keep the beer lighter in color and prevent off flavors. It also helps you get more out of your hops.
Thanks. I do partial boils and also have been surprised a few times by the hot break.
I suck at this it's not even funny. I think one of my main errors is pitching the yeast too soon. I generally start around 9PM. Since I have no cooling capabilities besides an ice bath, i usually loaf around waiting for it to cool down.....and by 1 AM I'm sick of waiting and pitch it in.