Originally Posted by bonsai4tim
I know any recipe should work, but I've had problems at least 3 times with the hops adjustment schedule (ended up with beer too bitter to drink even after 6 months)
Yep..yep...yep. The chart works pretty good, but you have to know your limitations. It's hard enough getting the bitterness right on a IPA where you want big smell, big citrus taste, and just the right amount of bitterness, amiright?
Also, there's more gray area on that chart because your cooling rate may not be my cooling rate on a 'nochill' beer. Heck, my cooling rate isn't even my cooling rate depending on the time of year.
If I'm 'no chilling', I keep it simple. I'll post some of my recipes, but all I do is use recipes I find on the intertubes. I've had good luck with Jamil's recipes. If I see lots of hops additions, high alpha hops like Magnum etc., high flavor hop profile - I skip that recipe. If I'm doing an IPA, I chill it. Even then...it's hard to get the bitterness where I want it. I bottle and that adds two extra weeks on my IPAs compared to brewers that keg...you'd think that doesn't make a difference, but from my experience, I can't match kegged aroma hops with bottle beer.
Bitterness is easy with no chill. So is aroma...dry hop works exactly the same. Hop flavor is much harder to control and that flavor can easily turn into bitterness.