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Old 02-15-2012, 07:59 PM   #1
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Default Hops in boil or in secondary?

Ok I'm making an American IPA with 14lbs rahr 2 row and 1lb carmel 40 with warrior hops boiled 90 minutes for bittering now for aroma and flavor hops should I boil them or just throw them in secondary, I'm planning on keeping this beer in primary for 3 weeks racking and dry hopping for 2 weeks then bottling and carbing 3 weeks ( all these weeks have been calculated based on how long my typical beers take to round off the rough edges)

Being as to how I'm not gonna drink this for 8 weeks after boiling the hops would it be best to just add all my non bittering hops into my secondary?

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Old 02-15-2012, 08:11 PM   #2
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You will want the hops in the boil, AND in secondary.

Also, leaving the hops in the secondary for 2 weeks is too long in my opinion.

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Old 02-15-2012, 09:08 PM   #3
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I've noticed that the hop taste/aroma has faded a lot after fermentation ceases. That's what makes me wonder if its better to bitter the beer then add all aroma hops in the secondary being that this beer is ment to put the hops in the spotlight.

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Old 02-15-2012, 09:36 PM   #4
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Later the hop additions, the more aroma...but NOT flavor or bittering. So keep in mind hops are a balance. You don't just want to smell a steak only to bite into a piece of clear jell-o. There should be some flavor and bitterness coming from the hops, IMO.

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Absolutely. You should have some flavor and aroma hops from around 20 min. left in the boil down to flameout and then dryhop for 7 days or so.

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Thanks folks this helps me understand better, ill probly skip late late aroma hops addition to boil but do some flavoring around 30minutes

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I hear that 30 minutes is no man's land. That is why I recommended 20 up to flameout. Keep in mind it is just hearsay but I have done a few brews with hop addditions at the 30 minute mark and they did not turn out with as much flavor as I had hoped. Just an idea, maybe someone with more experience can chime in. Good luck!

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20 is the standard for flavor hops.

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Keep in mind that there is NOT any set in stone rule for hop additions...

Think of it as a sliding scale, at the far left (the beginning of the boil) is the bittering, transitioning into flavor, then the further right you go (end of boil) will be adding aroma.

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Check this chart to get a general idea of how boil time affects bitterness, flavor and aroma. Read the horizontal axis as 'boil time left'. According to this chart flavor peaks when you add hops 20 minutes before the end of the boil.

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