Originally Posted by uright
What are your experiences with this hope schedule? Also, what methods are you using for your whirlpool/aroma steep?
I have decided to experiment with even dropping the 30 minute boil addition, and just going with a small 60 minute bittering addition and the 30 minute whirlpool. I know it kind of spits in the face of 60/30/15/0 convention, but I just really like the results of the whirlpool. For the sake of calculation, I enter the whirlpool addition as a 15 minute boil addition into Beer Alchemy.
For my method...
I start my whirlpool recirculation arm at 15 minutes left in the boil (I built a Jamil-style whirlpool immersion chiller). As the timer goes off for the boil, I toss in the whirlpool hops and kill the flame. I then cover the kettle with the lid and some foil to seal up any openings. I reset the timer for 30 minutes, and walk away. When 30 minutes passes, I turn on the cold water to begin chilling (leaving the pump recirculating for 15 minutes to improve thermodynamics during chilling.) After 15 minutes, I turn off the pump to allow things start to settle, leaving on the chilling water if the pitching temp has not been met yet. One hour after the boil ends, I transfer to the carboy. It is tough to get a nice cone in the kettle because the chiller interferes a bit with the formation, but between the rapid chilling, whirlfloc, and some time to settle, the wort being transfered is pretty clear.
The BN had a pretty good discussion about this method of whirlpool hopping at the end of the Distihl Show on the Sunday Session (the show aired a month or two ago).