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bhethcote 04-06-2009 12:58 PM

Hopping problem
I finally wasa ble to get my first brew day in yesterday and everything went really well. I did one thing that concerns me a little, though. I added the finishing hops when I was supposed to add the bittering hops. I added the bittering hops as soon as I discovered the problem (20 minutes into a 35 minute step. I extended the boil about 10 minutes and everything finished OK and it is happily bubbling away in the fermenter.

What kind of impact will this have? I'm expecting that I won't have a traditional English Pale Ale

Thanks - BH

Jaymo 04-06-2009 01:17 PM

Finishing hops is meant to add aromatic qualities to a beer without necessarily adding bitterness. After boiling for awhile, it adds bitterness, but not aromatics/flavor.

By adding your finishing hops early you will get a more bitter beer with less hops smell/flavor.

conpewter 04-06-2009 01:28 PM

It should still be fine, more bitter than you were looking for, and less hop aroma/flavor.

bhethcote 04-06-2009 03:31 PM

Cool - Thanks! I guess it's a good thing I like bitter beers, then!

david_42 04-06-2009 04:24 PM

Bitters are just a Pale without much hop aroma. Sounds like what you've made.

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