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Old 12-22-2013, 01:28 PM   #1
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I brewed a great extract IPA. Finally got one to finish below 1.020. Really clean fermentation no off flavors. Finished at 1.010. But it's kinda bland and unbalanced. Really just taste bitter right now.

Wondering if I could add some unfernmentables in 2 cups of water then rack to secondary on top of that and dry hop.

Anyone ever done something like this. If I bottled today I would be happy in 3 weeks but I just feel like it's just a few steps away to being a great beer.

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Old 12-22-2013, 01:36 PM   #2
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What flavor do you want to add? I dry hop with cascade to give a nice citrus flavor.

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What was your recipe? Knowing what flavors you have in there already might help us.

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Old 12-22-2013, 01:42 PM   #4
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It needs a little malt flavor and just a touch of sweetness.

As far dry hops. Cascade sounds great I've always loved them

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What was your recipe? Knowing what flavors you have in there already might help us.

LME spilled all over my recipe card and I didn't transfer it. I'll call up there to find out what special grains and hops.

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It needs a little malt flavor and just a touch of sweetness.
Some crystal malt can help increase both of those things, so maybe consider adding some C20 (or C40, or whatever works for the color and depth of flavor you are going for) next time you brew this.


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As far dry hops. Cascade sounds great I've always loved them
Definitely dry hop an IPA. For an American IPA, the "C" hops are always a good choice, and I also like Amarillo and Simcoe a lot.
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Sounds like you're tasting out of the primary? If so, don't lose hope yet. Green, warm, uncarbonated beer tastes very different from the finished version. Especially an IPA that hasn't been dry hopped yet!

My advice is to proceed as planned. Add your dry hops and package it in 3-5 days. Let it carb, chill and then taste. Write down what you think of it. THEN make some decisions on what you like/don't and how you can change it the next time you rebrew it.

In my experience, making changes on the fly, mid-production, is a good way to screw up a perfectly good beer.

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Old 12-23-2013, 07:59 PM   #8
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Called yesterday and they were rocking with people so I called back today.

Recipe was

1/2 crystal 60
1/4 carapills

9 lbs light LME

60 min millennium 2oz
30 min Willamette 1/2 oz
5 min millennium 1/4 oz

The recipe doesn't call for dry hops. But I feel it needs them. Think your right, doc, it's alittle late to ruin a perfectly drinkable beer. Even in its uncarbed two week old state. It's one of the cleanest tasting/smelling brews I've made. The brown ale I bottled last right was up there too. Didn't check the FG but it was a lot drier than the first time I brewed it for my first beer ever.

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I think that dry hoping should be enough to spruce this IPA up.
I have been using an ounce of Amarillo for dry hopping and it has been getting rave reviews from my friends.

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Thats a pretty light hop bill for an IPA. I'd add a few oz of dry hops. Something like Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo, Simcoe, or another citrusy or piney hop would liven up the beer I think. The hop bill you have is mostly herbal and earthy.

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