Has anyone tried dry-hopping for a Fat Tire clone? From my research, Fat Tire is dry-hopped but none of the kits call for it. Also, there seems to be a lot of confusion about what kind of hops to use. I've see recipes calling for northern brewer, saaz, williamette, fuggles, cascade, galena, summit and more I'm probably forgetting. So basically it seems like no one knows! Am I right on this? I'm a newbie, so I know I prob don't know what I'm talking about!
The only thing I've seen from New Belgium Brewery says "For hops, he recommends shooting for 16 IBUs with a subtle late addition of aroma or dry hops. 'Don't use Cascade or other overpowering hops,' Bouckaert adds." So that cuts out the Cascade, galena and summit. Right?
I brewed the MB extract kit yesterday (10/17/09) with White Labs Belgian Ale Yeast 550 according to instructions, except I set aside about 1/4 oz of the Saaz aroma hops, which I'm considering dry-hopping later on in secondary. Any advice? Should I or not? If so, should I add more than just the tiny 1/4 oz. I saved? 1oz of Northern Brewer @ 60 mins and 0.75oz Saaz @ 2-3 mins seems kinda light.
Most of all: What's the end result difference in dry-hopping vs. adding at flameout (or a couple mins before)?
I'm want good flavor but am afraid of making it TOO hoppy. My SG was only 1.046. Don't get me wrong, I like hops, but only when balanced. My primary drink is Fat Tire (when I have it--have to drive 45mins to buy) because I love the smooth balance and decent flavor complexity without anything really dominating. I'll probably enjoy it however it turns out--I've enjoyed Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale (65+ IBU) and LOTS of other types of beer, but definitely not for everyday. But gotta love those Belgians..