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Old 08-17-2012, 01:38 PM   #1
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Default 1st Wort Hopping & 60 minute Addition

I've been reading what I can find about first wort hopping.
One thing I have not seen clarified is if the FWH should also be accounted for the typical 60 minute bittering addition.

My findings explain how the FWH are typically 30% of the entire hop schedule, and that they may increase the overall IBU's by 8-10%.

Should the FWH account for the late additions, and then you would still add your 60 minute bittering addition as normal, or do the FWH need to be included with your bittering addition since they will be boiled the entire time?

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Old 08-17-2012, 01:46 PM   #2
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I replace the 60 min with fwh as do a lot of memebers

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Count FWH as a bittering addition. Due to the longer time they're in the boil, they will contribute marginally more IBUs to your beer, but not much.

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FWH contributes slightly more IBUs to the beer than a 60-minute addition, but the character of that bitterness is totally different - and what your palate perceives is what really matters, not what some machine measures. I do *NOT* consider FWH to be a replacement for a 60-minute addition - I treat it primarily as a flavor addition.

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I've done a few FWH PLUS the 60 minute addition and like it much. Not for every style but for the few I've tried, I really like it.

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FWH contributes slightly more IBUs to the beer than a 60-minute addition, but the character of that bitterness is totally different - and what your palate perceives is what really matters, not what some machine measures. I do *NOT* consider FWH to be a replacement for a 60-minute addition - I treat it primarily as a flavor addition.

My experience is different- I've found that for my beers FWH is best as a replacement for the 60 minute additions. I get plenty of bitterness out of a FWH addition, for my taste.

I think anybody wondering should try it and see what they think! Experience is the best teacher, and each of us have different palates and perceptions, so I think it's worthwhile to try it and if it really is a "smoother bitterness" or a "flavor addition" to you.
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You could always skip the FWH concept and simply bitter with less hops, or choose a lower cohumulone hop for that smoother bitterness. You could also do what many breweries do for IPAs, and use half what you would normally use at 60/90 and follow that up with the leftover amount at 45/30 for a more rounded bitterness. Or you could do a combination of all of this.

FWH shouldn't contribute to flavor and aroma in terms of actual grapefruit, pine, herbal, floral, etcetera qualities. But late additions and dryhops do that very well.

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My experience is different- I've found that for my beers FWH is best as a replacement for the 60 minute additions. I get plenty of bitterness out of a FWH addition, for my taste.

I think anybody wondering should try it and see what they think! Experience is the best teacher, and each of us have different palates and perceptions, so I think it's worthwhile to try it and if it really is a "smoother bitterness" or a "flavor addition" to you.
I'm in this camp, I like the FWH and forgo the 60, it's a more subtle bitter addition IMO and there is some flavor retention as well although I've never really understood how. Unless I'm brewing an IPA I usually do FWH instead and then focus on the late additions.
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I've tried FWH, and this "smoother bitterness" and tastes like a "20 minute addition" just never came off that way. I'm all for it for replacing the 60 minute addition, but that's about it.

With that said, I've got Denny's Rye IPA in the queue, and I'll be fwh'ing that beer out of respect for the recipe, and to give it another shot to see if my perception of it has changed.

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It probably also depends on the beer style, the hop being used, and individual preference. I know my Koelsch (which uses FWH and a 60' addition) does not taste anywhere near as bitter as it "should" based on IBU calculations alone. I have also brewed a FWH IPA that didn't have a 60-minute charge, and it fell short of my expectations. My recommendation: experiment, and use FWH in addition to or as a replacement of a bittering charge based on what your taste buds tell you.

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