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Old 11-19-2007, 05:47 PM   #1
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Default Accidental over-hop -- help!

Hi folks,

I've been lurking around for a while, but I just made a boo-boo, and my need for advice has just motivated me to post!...

I started brewing a batch of Imperial Coffee Stout this weekend. You could call it a partial mash, as I'm taking an "add water and stir" all-grain kit (from the Brew House -- they're in B.C., Canada), but I'm using it as a base to which I'm adding ingredients and mashing. I'm doing all this as per instructions on their web site.

My problem: the recipe called for 1 oz of Norther Brewer hops for a 5 gallon batch. I'm making a 2 gallon batch (so I won't cry as hard if I need to flush it). That should mean 0.4 oz. But somewhere in converting from oz to grams, and copying and printing the recipe, I made a horrible mistake: I added 91 g of hops, which turns out to be 8 times what the recipe asked for (91 g = 3.2 oz !!!!).

Should I just flush the whole thing down the drain now, or is there anything that can be done to fix this? (N.B.: in the name of science, I won't flush it, because I am curious to see what happens to it.) Still, any thoughts of yours would be most appreciated.

One last note: I ended up using Northdown hops, as I couldn't get my hands on Norther Brewer hops. Not that this should make much difference now!

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Pat

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Old 11-19-2007, 05:50 PM   #2
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Its only 2 gallons, don't worry you can drink that in an afternoon. It won't last long.

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Old 11-19-2007, 05:51 PM   #3
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You could try watering it down, but I don't think that'll be too good. You could also age the hell out of it and hope it mellows out...

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Make more wort and add it to it.

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Old 11-19-2007, 06:09 PM   #5
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Don't Flush it... DRINK IT!! Call it an India Coffee Stout if you need to!

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It isn't as bad a 8 times as much, because of the basic limit on solubility of 90 IBU. Since it is an Imperial, it might make the most sense to dilute it a bit. In any case, I'd wait until it has fermented out to make a call.

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Make more wort and add it to it.
Exactly what I was thinking. Bump it up to 5 gallons
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Exactly what I was thinking. Bump it up to 5 gallons
Or better yet make 10 gallons and divide it into two 5 gallons.
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Some Imperial Stouts are super hoppy. I bet it turns out tasting great!

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It isn't as bad a 8 times as much, because of the basic limit on solubility of 90 IBU. Since it is an Imperial, it might make the most sense to dilute it a bit. In any case, I'd wait until it has fermented out to make a call.

Thanks to all for the prompt responses! Don't worry, I won't flush it. Not sure I'll drink it in a day, though...

I'll probably end up diluting it with more wort (I'd thought of that also). david_42, I'm curious, when you say "wait until it has fermented out", do you mean primary _and_ secondary fermentation? And if so, woudl I then add unfermented wort and re-pitch some yeast?

Sorry if these questions sound dumb, but I'm just considering my options. Looks like this could turn out to be an India coffee stout, or a porter coffee stout, or maybe even an imperial coffee stout yet!
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