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Old 06-16-2010, 02:59 AM   #1
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I'm going to put 10 oz total of equal parts whole leaf citra and amarillo as my only hop addition and its all going to be FWH. This is for a 10 gallon batch of IPA. My malt bill is aimed at being very light bodied with mostly pilsner and a pound of crystal 10. 90 minute boil.

Probably brew it this weekend or next. Any naysayers or criticisms before I waste this many hops on a batch? Has anybody done an all FWH beer?

I'm hoping it will be all hop flavor, with a rounded out bitterness.

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Old 06-16-2010, 05:04 AM   #2
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I love fwh'ing... I will follow your results very closely.... Great hop selection!

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Old 06-16-2010, 05:13 AM   #3
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sounds good, im interested in the results. im assuming your going to leave all the FWH in for the duration of the boil also?

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Be careful with the citra. I just made an IPA with them and I used 3 oz of citra and 4 oz of centennial. None of them were FWH, but the citra adds an odd bit of spicyness to the mix. It's a weird black-peppery flavor. It still has loads of citrus/tropical fruit notes but there is a very unique spice there as well. The beer I made is fantastic, but I would be wary of adding more citra to the mix.

Edit: nevermind, I just saw that this was for 10 gallons, this should turn out pretty well.

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Old 06-16-2010, 12:39 PM   #5
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Great experiment, I will be watching for updates on this.

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Old 06-16-2010, 12:55 PM   #6
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Do you have the ability to do two 5 gal batches? I think it'd be interesting to compare the all FWH beer to an identical beer with normal hop additions (60, 20, 10, 1)

But that's just my $.02, great idea either way.

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I would be interested in the results too...A friend and I did essentially the same brews and he did FWH and I did no FWH. I personally thought the FWH didn't do much. Maybe he didn't use enough? In either case, further testing is needed. Keep us updated with your results!

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My advice would be to calculate your IBUs as though you were doing everything as a 20 minute addition. Everything I've read says that's about what your perceived bitterness will be regardless of your length of boil. If that's not as bitter as you want it, consider upping your hops.

I just taste tested a Dortmunder where I FWHed the 20 minute hop addition. The beer is really good but I almost wish I had done the 20 minute addition instead because the bitterness is a little too smooth.

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I did an IPA with only a Columbus FWH. It was the first time I FWH and I wanted to see what it was all about.

It was pretty awesome.

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Just did the calculations. Assuming FWH is a 20 minute addition for IBU count, I'll have 75 IBU in a 1.065 OG beer if I use 4 oz of each hop instead of 5.

I'm thinking worst case scenario, the bitterness is in the pale ale category, or its an extremely hoppy IPA (both situations are absolutely fine with me). I'll try to do this beer this weekend, I'll keep everyone posted.

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