Originally Posted by AnchorBock
Yea I kept reading after I responded and am finding a lot of differing opinions, going to rewrite this one - might just skip the FWH. I almost prefer to wait until I can brew 2 batches side by side as an experiment.
Hahaha! You know what's funny? I totally went the other way. I use FWH for almost all of my IPAs/APAs/American ambers, and skip the traditional 60 minute addition!
Either way will work. I like FWH for several reasons, though. One is that it may give a "smoother" bitterness, although I usually use smooth bittering hops (magnum, galena) anyway. But it also means I never forget to add the hops, since they are already in the kettle, so it works for me so well. Once I get a hot break, I start the timer and just go with it.
I honestly don't think it matters that much.