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Old 04-01-2012, 10:36 PM   #1
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I've heard some people talking about First Wort Hopping. I'm wondering if I could do this while steeping the grains in an extract brew?
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Old 04-02-2012, 12:31 AM   #2
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I've heard some people talking about First Wort Hopping. I'm wondering if I could do this while steeping the grains in an extract brew?
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:18 AM   #3
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that would be more like mash hopping. you could still fwh, you'd just have to toss hops in the brew kettle as soon as you start heating it up to boil.
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:22 AM   #4
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What is the point of a first wort hop?

 
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:59 AM   #5
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What is the point of a first wort hop?
Got an email from Brad Smith of Beersmith. The AG guys are hopping the mash tun. I guess it gives a deep smooth non-bitter hop finish. That's really all I know and I might have some of that screwed up. Just wondering if it can be applied to extract.
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Old 04-02-2012, 02:21 AM   #6
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that would be more like mash hopping. you could still fwh, you'd just have to toss hops in the brew kettle as soon as you start heating it up to boil.
Call me stupid but can you explain what I might expect in the taste. Being an extract brewer what would happen if I steeped what would have been the 60 min addition?
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I would compare it to a 15 minute addition. It gives you some mild flavor and aroma from whatever hops you use. Typically a 60 minute addition loses all its flavor and aroma but fwh maintains some of those qualities. It adds a slight increase in bitterness too. I almost always fwh in place of a 60 minute addition in my beers
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First Wort Hopping is adding the hops to the BK as the sparge is filling it. The hops are basically steeped until the kettle is brought up to boil and they are left in for the duration. I believe it is suppose to help smooth out the bittering. Apparently the commercial guys have done this for years, it allows them to use fewer hops for the same hop contribution. The FWH's are calculated at the full boil time for IBU's
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Got an email from Brad Smith of Beersmith. The AG guys are hopping the mash tun. I guess it gives a deep smooth non-bitter hop finish. That's really all I know and I might have some of that screwed up. Just wondering if it can be applied to extract.
I know one of northern brewer's amber extract kits involves a fwh

 
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:43 PM   #10
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Got an email from Brad Smith of Beersmith. The AG guys are hopping the mash tun. I guess it gives a deep smooth non-bitter hop finish. That's really all I know and I might have some of that screwed up. Just wondering if it can be applied to extract.
That's not FWH. That's using mash hops (mash hopping).

FWH is adding the hops to the first runnings in the BK and letting them sit in there during the lautering and into the boil.

It is supposed to provide more hops flavor and a smoother bitterness. I don't get more hops flavor out of it, but I do seem to get a smoother bitterness. It works great for IPAs, APAS, American ambers, and so on.
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