I'm trying to make a quality tasting IIPA. I've brewed one that has turned out pretty decent (It's been bottled a week and I cant stop opening one to see how it has turned out everyday) and I wanted to improve upon it. I have a couple issues and was looking for advice....
1- I only have a 20 qt pot, so I have been working with 2 gallon boils. Would I be best off making a 2.5 gal batch and using 3 gallons to boil (all my 5 gallon batches have a watered down flavor to them)
2- I plan on using the late extract method, so I will be toning down the hops usage. But I was REALLY concerned about bringing up some sweetness to balance out the bitterness. I like the hop combination, but it is lacking something... I used crystal 20 only, and was wondering if I would be better off adding another grain OR if I'd be better off adding more DME.
I have been thinking about scaling the recipe down to 2.5 gallons, and mixing crystal 20 and another grain. I just don't really know what other grains I could use to add more sweetness without taking away from the bitterness. My target gravity is between 1.085 and 1.090, so should I be using 2 vials of WPL001?
I plan on keeping it in one fermenter for about 4 weeks.
any advice is greatly appreciated!