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Old 11-04-2010, 02:28 PM   #1
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Hey gang,
Any opinions on 30 minute hop additions? I don't seem to be getting a benefit in my beer from them. Seems like it add a tictch of bitterness and that's about it...I have seen better utilization from 90,60,15 minute additions.....your thoughts??

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Old 11-04-2010, 02:52 PM   #2
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IMO they are kind of a waste in my brewery. If I want bitterness add them earlier, if I want flavor add them later, aroma much later. Maybe there is some elusive 'depth' of hops flavor you get from 30 min additions but not that I'm aware of.

I tend to not get that much aroma from late additions, at least not as much as many recipes/books would lead you to believe. Like they might say to add 1/2-3/4 oz of hops at flameout for aroma and I'm thinking; "IME that will be borderline detectable". But I do seem to get more bitterness and flavor from late additions so for me, adding more hops later in the boil seems to work best.

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thanks Spanish....one of the reasons for my asking is, I have a beer that has been in secondary for bout 3 weeks. OG was bout 1.087. It has absolutely no smell and has great malt and hop character. I can't figure it out.....did 30 minute additions in that brew and it spawned the question.....I love the smell of a well hopped ale on the front end, but this beer escapes me. Early and late additions seem to work well, but hops in the middle might not be worth it!!

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Old 11-04-2010, 03:09 PM   #4
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I stopped doing 30 min. additions, they kinda blend the bitter/aroma and I like to have contrast between the two. and I kinda am getting away from the bittering also. my last pale ale I did a small FWH and nothing else till the last min. it came out fantastic. lots of dry hops!

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I stopped doing 30 min. additions, they kinda blend the bitter/aroma and I like to have contrast between the two. and I kinda am getting away from the bittering also. my last pale ale I did a small FWH and nothing else till the last min. it came out fantastic. lots of dry hops!
I have to do the same with high hop flavor/aroma brews, even ones that can have substantial IBUs. Just a little bittering hops and hop-burst towards the end.
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I'm still experimenting with FWH so I can't attest to that vs bittering, but I find 30mins a waste too. I hopburst like crazy at 10-flameout. (Mostly at nearly flameout since I nochill)

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I never really thought about it, but the fact that none of my standard rotation recipes have any hops additions between 60 and 20 minutes probably means something.

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