12 days into bottle conditioning and I am very please!
It's still a little green but the hoppiness is right on! Maybe even a little bit MORE than the real thing.
I could smell the hops as I was pouring the beer
I scaled up the recipe to 6.5 gal. I reduced the 15 min hop addition to 1 oz. Dry hop amounts were increased to 2oz each as recommended by dedhedjed. I also attempted to replicate a stepped mash (also recommended by dedhedjed) with water additions which went surprisingly well. Not sure how it effected the brew but...
Now I'm going to try really hard to let it go at least another week before I start drinking them in bunches...
I would like to thank BuddyBrews for posting the starting recipe and dedhedjed for chiming in with a few trade secrets.
Thank you gentlemen!
BTW, I didn't take a before photo, but here is an after...
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