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masskrug

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I can throw 1 oz. of Chinook into the boil for 18 minutes and achieve 25 IBUs

OR

I can scatter it through a 60 minute boil (.333 at 60, .333 at 20, .333 at 7) and achieve the same 25 IBUs.

Will there be a noticeable taste difference between these two recipes? Or can I shave 40 minutes off my (extract) boil by just tossing in 1 oz and boiling for 18 minutes?

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Staggering your hops can leave a portion of aroma left over that you might not get with a single bittering addition.
The IBU bittering amount will still be the same mathematically but your perception of the hop flavors and aroma might be different.

Try it and find out.
I like a shorter boil time with a single hop addition because I'm lazy, but don't let that stop you.
 

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You will not notice any difference. The later addition (7 minute) will provide some flavor from the late addition of the hop, but it is so small that I doubt you would notice it. Go for the 20 minute boil, and shave 40 minutes off brew day.
 
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