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Old 02-25-2011, 10:36 AM   #1
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Would you dry hops beer that you missed on gravity (low)? My beer was to be a 1.055 and wound up a 1.044. This should theoretically skew my IBU/SG ratio towards the hops even further. The recipe is around 52 IBU's to begin with. My temporary plan is to cut my dry hopping out to avoid an overwhelming hop feel. I realize that dry hopping doesn't add IBU's but I'm concerned that a big hop aroma alond with 52 IBUs is too much for a session brew.

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Old 02-25-2011, 10:56 AM   #2
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Wait till it's time to dry hop it.
Take a sample and then decide
based on the beers taste and aroma.

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Did you have any flavor and aroma additions during the boil? If not, you're basically going to have alot of bitter and little hop flavor and aroma, so I would dry hop. Otherwise, I'd do what dzlater suggested and taste it.

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Did you have any flavor and aroma additions during the boil? If not, you're basically going to have alot of bitter and little hop flavor and aroma, so I would dry hop. Otherwise, I'd do what dzlater suggested and taste it.
I had a 15 minute Amarillo addition and a 2 minute Citra addition.

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What was the recipe and what are you expecting for your FG?

I'd say hop it up, but I'm a big fan of hoppy beers.

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Old 02-25-2011, 01:51 PM   #6
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What was the recipe and what are you expecting for your FG?

I'd say hop it up, but I'm a big fan of hoppy beers.
6.23 lb Pale 2 Row
4.15 lb Pilsner
1.41 lb Munich 10
0.45 lb Victory
0.45 lb Golden Naked Oats

.82 oz Amarillo 60 min
.90 oz Amarillo 15 min
.82 oz Citra 2 min

The plan was to dry hop with 1 oz Citra for 3 days. Intended gravity was 1.056, I hit 1.044.

1.014 is the target FG

It is a beautifully colored beer!

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What were the AA% of the hops?

Without running it through a calculator I still think you'll be just fine dry hopping. I don't think you'll be overwhelmed with the aroma.

Again, it's all about personal tastes but if that were my beer I'd hit it with the dry hop.

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What were the AA% of the hops?

Without running it through a calculator I still think you'll be just fine dry hopping. I don't think you'll be overwhelmed with the aroma.

Again, it's all about personal tastes but if that were my beer I'd hit it with the dry hop.
Amarillo - 10.3
Citra - 13.4

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Looks to me like you should be around 57IBU which isn't overkill to me. But like dzlater said once primary is finished take a small sample and see what your senses tell you. If it's not overpowering rack to secondary and dry hop.

Do you have 2 carboys? Split it. Only dry hop 1/2 the batch and see where that gets you.

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I dry hopped a pale ale that had an OG of 1.44 and FG of 1.01 and it came out tasting fantastic.. different hops but my calcs put the IBU around mid 50s as well. I say dry hop away and enjoy.

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