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Anyone tried FWH for extract with steeped grain?
« on: March 12, 2015, 03:54:33 AM »
Does first wort hopping make for smoother bitterness in extract/steeped grain brews like it reportedly does for all grain?  Hops added while steeping grain or??
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Re: Anyone tried FWH for extract with steeped grain?
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2015, 01:08:09 PM »
it should. assuming it does for AG beers. I have done it, add the hops to the steeping liquid with grains as it's coming up to temp and then leave them in for the boil.
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Re: Anyone tried FWH for extract with steeped grain?
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2015, 03:06:52 PM »
Does first wort hopping make for smoother bitterness in extract/steeped grain brews like it reportedly does for all grain?  Hops added while steeping grain or??

I do it after I've steeped the grain but before I add the extract.
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Re: Anyone tried FWH for extract with steeped grain?
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2015, 09:54:39 PM »
Does first wort hopping make for smoother bitterness in extract/steeped grain brews like it reportedly does for all grain?  Hops added while steeping grain or??

I do it after I've steeped the grain but before I add the extract.

Same here. But most of my extract batches are 15-minute boils now. In those cases, I treat the "FWH" addition as a 20-minute addition.
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Re: Anyone tried FWH for extract with steeped grain?
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2015, 03:02:22 AM »
Does first wort hopping make for smoother bitterness in extract/steeped grain brews like it reportedly does for all grain?  Hops added while steeping grain or??

I do it after I've steeped the grain but before I add the extract.
OK, I'll try that, sounds good.  But, as they say, the proof is in the tasting.
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Re: Anyone tried FWH for extract with steeped grain?
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2015, 03:10:21 AM »
Does first wort hopping make for smoother bitterness in extract/steeped grain brews like it reportedly does for all grain?  Hops added while steeping grain or??

I do it after I've steeped the grain but before I add the extract.

Same here. But most of my extract batches are 15-minute boils now. In those cases, I treat the "FWH" addition as a 20-minute addition.
Yeah, I'm doing 60 minute boils with extract.  Seems stupid.  15-30 minute boils should do the job with extract!  Just need to adjust the hop IBUs.  I'm going through the learning curve. :P
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Re: Anyone tried FWH for extract with steeped grain?
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2015, 06:56:23 PM »
Does first wort hopping make for smoother bitterness in extract/steeped grain brews like it reportedly does for all grain?  Hops added while steeping grain or??

I do it after I've steeped the grain but before I add the extract.

Same here. But most of my extract batches are 15-minute boils now. In those cases, I treat the "FWH" addition as a 20-minute addition.
Yeah, I'm doing 60 minute boils with extract.  Seems stupid.  15-30 minute boils should do the job with extract!  Just need to adjust the hop IBUs.  I'm going through the learning curve. :P
Even though I mainly brew all-grain, I usually do a handful of extract batches every year because it's so quick when you're only boiling for 15 minutes. Here's some good info on this process:

http://beerandwinejournal.com/15-minute-pale-ale/
http://beerandwinejournal.com/speedy-homebrewing/
http://www.basicbrewing.com/index.php?page=may-26-2011---15-minute-american-ale
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Re: Anyone tried FWH for extract with steeped grain?
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2015, 03:21:45 AM »
Wow, great links.  Thanks Eric.
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