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Old 03-25-2009, 03:07 AM   #1
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Default Suggestions to enhance Black Rock East India Pale Ale

One of the extracts I'm looking to use next is the Suggestions to enhance Black Rock East India Pale Ale. I'm a big IPA fan - with a preference towards a fruity taste and not overly bitter.

I've heard the kit is a bit weak. Anyone have suggestions on how to enhance this? Grains to steep, dry hops, etc?

I have Munton's Light and Medium spraymalt. Which would I be better to use? And should I replace all the sugar with these?

Thanks for your help.

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Old 03-25-2009, 03:38 AM   #2
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clarify what you mean by "weak". when i hear this, i would take it as the bitter and aroma is weak, but you stated your not a fan of the bitterness.

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Old 03-25-2009, 06:17 AM   #3
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The reviews I've read say things like "lacking body and flavour".

The brew I have in bottles at the moment is also a Black Rock, but a lager. It has aroma but so far there's little flavour to it (I'm hoping that leaving it longer will improve the flavour).

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Old 11-05-2009, 01:02 AM   #4
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Default I'm almost bottling my 2.5 gallon dry hopped east india pale ale

My first ever attempt at homebrewing.
Using a Mr.Beer kit.
so far it's all going well.
I boiled half the extract in about 5 litres of water.
I used a lot of hops.
About 30g of pride of ringwood (11%AA) pellets at 45m boil,
About 10g of Cascade pellets at 30, then 10m boils.
About 20g of fuggles leaf hops at 30m, then about 20g at 15m, then about 20g at 10m, then about 20g at flame out.
At about 10 to 5 mins to go, I added the rest of the extract from the kit can.
Cooled the wort down in an iced bath.
Used almost frozen mineral water at about 4 litres, shook the bottles vigorously to aerate the water and added it to Mr.Beer.
Then added the cooling wort and stirred a lot ot aerate the wort.
Thne added the powdered S04 British ale yeast.
Fermented for about 8 or 9 days at 20 to 15C (temp dropped slowly over that time to 15C). Dry hopped with about 30g of fuggles leaf hops.
Its been dry hopping now in the primary fermentor (Mr.Beer) for almost 3 days.
Gonna leave it another 2 days or so then bottle.
Had 3 small tastings.
2 with the gravity readings and 1 to taste how the dry hopping was coming along after 2 days.
Lovely aromas.
Very bitter taste at frist which quickly becomes very pleasant. The alcohol is becomeing eveident but it still seems weak bodied.
This was my first time to make beer and I didnt know the IBUs or the expected alcohol for the beer kit. I guessed it would be around 5%.
I have now read that it is perhaps 3.5%.
If I make this next time, I would adjust the hops slightly and ad some DME to beef up the body and alc level. Perhaps try some crystal malts, too.
So far, no infection and the beer tastes good!

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