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Old 12-05-2010, 04:05 PM   #1
Oct 2010
Louisville, KY
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Anyone use this method? Do you really notice a difference?

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Old 12-05-2010, 11:41 PM   #2
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Yes and yes...I don't use it all the time, but have always been pleased with the resulting beer.

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Old 12-05-2010, 11:54 PM   #3
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I tried it for the first time yesterday in a kolsch. I'd be curious to hear what affect others say it has on the beer.
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Old 12-06-2010, 05:42 PM   #4
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I have used it on a few beers, but I have never done a side-by-side. I haven't noticed any particular characteristic that would lead me to believe it is affecting the final product but some will swear it has an impact...

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Old 12-10-2010, 07:29 PM   #5
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I do it for all my IPA's, but I've never done one without and vice I guess I'm no help

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Old 12-11-2010, 02:10 PM   #6
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I do it a lot. It provides a smooth flavor contribution.

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Old 12-11-2010, 03:17 PM   #7
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I have used it. In my experience I would still use a decent size bittering addition when FWH'ing. I have done FWH as the only 60 minute addition followed by a moderate size 45 addition followed by a ton of late hops. It was smooth ......... too smooth for my taste as it lacked the bitter punch you expect from an IPA.
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Old 12-12-2010, 02:21 AM   #8
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I have used FWH a few times.

You would consider it when you want a particular hop to contribute to both bitterness and flavor. For instance suppose your brew calls for 2 oz EKG @ 60 and 1 oz EKG @ 20. By using 1 oz from the bittering addition as the FWH you smooth out the bitterness and add some to the flavor. At least that's the story...
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Old 12-12-2010, 02:55 AM   #9
Nov 2010
Los Angeles, CA
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I'm thinking about splitting up my XPA batch this weekend. 1/2 FWH 1/2 with a 60 minute addition. It's the only way to really figure out what the difference is for myself! I'll keep you posted on the results

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Old 12-12-2010, 07:14 AM   #10
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Really good post about FHW. Great side by side comparison done

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