Adjusting Hop Amount or Boil Time for Different Alpha Values
Got a question here on IBU's adjustment for actual Hop ALpha values compared to recipe values......:
The hops I have are "German Tradition"....which are supposed to be the same (or very similar to Hallertau.
They have 6% Alpha......quite a bit higher than the 4-4.5% I was expecting for Hallertau.
The recipe calls for Hallertau....and of course the alpha values in my hops are significantly higher (percentage-wise)
Anyway, I know I can plug in the 6% value into Beersmith and adjust the boil time and/or amount of Hops to get in the Correct IBU range for my recipe.
So my question.......is it better to keep the same weight of hops and adjust the boil times for each hop addition or is it better to adjust the weight of hops and keep same boil times......OR does it not matter as long as I get the right IBU range and maintain the same ratio of bittering to aroma?
Any thoughts, opinions, experiences?
EVERYONE is entitled to my opinion!
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