Last night I ordered the 115th Dream Hopbursted Imperial IPA (all grain) kit from Northern Brewer. I'm a little worried about this monster of a beer and was curious if anyone has attempted to brew it. At this point, my concerns are mainly around mashing and boil volumes. I read some mixed reviews and was hoping someone had some advice.
Also, the bill calls for 1lb of hops! That's right, 1lb. They say I will loose significant volume post boil due to hop absorption. I'm planning on straining out the hops prior to primary to reduce the chance of off flavors.
It also claims to be formulated to yield a 6 gallon batch of wort to compensate for volume lost to hops. does this mean my final boil volume should be 6 gallons, or should I boil to 5 and add 1 gal of pre-boiled water to the primary vessel? Help!
I'm also planning a two-stage yeast starter to yield 335 billion cells. I don't want to do all this work over 3 months to have a failed beer because of my mash/boil.