Originally Posted by tmurph6
I put together a recipe for a pale with 35 ibu and a lot of late hop additions for flavor/aroma. I was thinking the late extract would do 2 things.
1. Keep the extract from caramelizing and allow me to make a lighter beer
2. Keep away any "extract taste" and make the beer taste a bit fresher.
3. Impart my calculated ibu instead of an ibu slightly lower due to a partial boil
I have a 5 gallon pot. I'm hoping I can do a 4 gallon boil with 7 lbs lme if I do late extract addition
Thanks for the replies.
Rather than cut and paste my answer from a previous post, take a look at this thread
. My response is #19.
Late addition will make a lighter colored beer compared to early addition. Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing depends on the recipe.
This is a controversial topic, but I personally don't buy the "extract twang". I make both AG and extract beers, and they stand up well to each other. I believe extract twang to be a just a stand-in of poor technique and stale LME. Others will have other opinions on this one.
Calculated IBUs are a very rough approximation. But, if you want to get the bitterness intended by your recipe's designers, you need to do late or early as the recipe calls for. The thinking on the relationship between bitterness and wort gravity is changing, too, though the formulas don't reflect this yet.