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Old 07-06-2006, 04:25 AM   #1
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Default Advantages of First Wort Hopping?

I've been reading absolutely everything I can find lately on AG brewing. And First Wort Hopping comes up every so often. I understand you add the hops after you collect your first runnings, but why do this instead of adding to the boil? You're not extracting bitterness at 155* are you? Is it strictly flavor???


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Old 07-06-2006, 04:42 AM   #2
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It will indeed effect flavor, especially in a Pils or Lager.

I do a FW on all my Pils and without question I can tell a noticeable (and good) difference.

In particular, it gives more of a middle range hop that you cannt get with a boil alone.

Just my 2 cents, your mileage may vary..

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ok, thanks.... thought so. now how do you calculate IBUs?
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FW will produce aprox 40 %f the total IBU.

This is assuming low alpha hops.

I would not do it with a high alpha, it might be a bit much for some.

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