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Question about adding hops

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This may seem like a basic question but it is going to be my first time adding hopps to my brew. When you add the hops should you put them in the water and boil and allow them to boil for awhile or is it better to add the HME at flameout and then add the hops directly to the wort?

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It depends what your intended use is. If you want to add bitterness you would boil for a longer amount of time (with some malt in order to get proper hop utilization). If you want flavor and some extra aroma, boil for a shorter period of time. And if you want aroma only, you can do a dry hop, best done after primary fermentation.

If you post back the recipe you're brewing, the hops you're looking to add, and what you want to do with them, then we can get a bit more specific.

Cheers!

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- Boiling hops without malt does not work.
- Do not boil the HMEs! Only UME/LME/DME.
- You need about 1# of malt extract per gallon of water for best utilization. The rest can be added at flameout. Too thick of wort will lower your hop utilization.
- Amount of wort you're boiling hops in matters - you do not get full utilization unless you use a decent amount of water (1.5 gallons+ for an LBK batch).

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Remember.....first time adding hops hops to ANY of his brews. Hes moving on to a basic recipe that involves using hops. Hitting him with hop boils and UME,DME and LME already. Seriously! He probably jumped off a bridge. First time using hops.....FOLLOW the recipe exactly like it says or dry hop.

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