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Evan 07-17-2008 04:37 PM

First Wort Hopping vs Mash Hopping
ok...i know what mash hopping is, i'm not real clear on FWH.

i've never done either, does anyone do it, and does it make much of a difference doing an IPA?

GilaMinumBeer 07-17-2008 04:40 PM

The effect of FWH is subjective. I think it does lock in a considerable flavor and aroma contribution.

To FWH you add hops to the kettle and run-off the mash over those. Meaning, they are hot steeped throughout the period of time it takes to run-off the volume and then bring it all to boil.

I think it also provides a very slight increase in IBU totals.

blacklab 07-17-2008 04:42 PM

I do it every brew now. IMHO the bitterness added is mellower. The flavor and aroma added during the steeping period(while you run your wort over them) is most likely boiled away after 60 minutes, but I guess you never know.

Eastside Brewer 07-17-2008 05:06 PM

I mash hopped a couple of times, meaning I put 1.5 to 2 oz. of hops in the mash right after dough-in. I didn't experience any significant difference, I felt like it was a waste. Now FWH makes a big difference for me, I like the milder bitterness.


Evan 07-18-2008 11:13 AM

sweet, thanks for the input, might do a FWH on my next IPA.

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