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beerinmeear
places 1 º 11:20 Thu 9/20/2012

The White House honey porter recipe says add 1/2 the bittering hops at 15 minutes, and the rest at 30 minutes (in a 1-hr boil extract recipe). I thoought the whole point of a 1-hr boil was that the bittering hops needed that long to impart bitterness- am I missing something? I learned to homebrew over 20 years ago so maybe there has been something new on this since then . . .

 
JoeMcPhee
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beers 9004 º places 529 º 11:24 Thu 9/20/2012

No - you’re right, they’re wrong.

 
Unclerudy
beers 12 º places 3 º 11:31 Thu 9/20/2012

You do get bitterness from hops any time in the boil, but the isomerization is most effective the longer you boil hops. I have made very bitter IPAs with massive additions of high alpha hops late in the boil. The time is just to raise your efficiency.

But they are probably wrong.

 
NobleSquirrel
beers 3438 º places 209 º 12:53 Thu 9/20/2012

Originally posted by beerinmeear
The White House honey porter recipe says add 1/2 the bittering hops at 15 minutes, and the rest at 30 minutes (in a 1-hr boil extract recipe). I thoought the whole point of a 1-hr boil was that the bittering hops needed that long to impart bitterness- am I missing something? I learned to homebrew over 20 years ago so maybe there has been something new on this since then . . .


The boil does more than isomerize the hops; it also will aid in coagulation of proteins and other reactions that occur in the boil. With that being said, the hop additions are probably fine with their recipe. You can get specific profiles that are dependent on the length that they are in the kettle.

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