Originally Posted by unionrdr
You need some extract at the begining of the boil for hop additions,not later with it all. I use 1.5lb of plain DME for the boil & hop additions. Adding the remaining DME & all LME at flame out. And never boil pre-hopped extract for any length of time. It breaks down the hop profile. It should be added at flame out.
Great advice everyone, Im blessed!
I'd wished I purchased a can of dme now by the sounds of it... but with my wages spent im trying with a hop-tea before adding the lme at 15 mins like matt8939 suggested, maybe even half in at 15min, then 15min from finish?
ps- ive decided to use honey instead of adding dextrose at flame out, seen a few honey ipa recipes that got my mouth watering!
so to recap my latest method;
bring 3 gallons to boil (hard water in my area)
1oz of east kent goldings -at start of boil til finnish (45min boil)
2.4lbs of lme -at 15mins (maybe half later at 15mins before finish)
irish moss -10 mins before end boil
14 ounces local honey from friend -at flame out
3.7lbs pre hopped ipa extract -adding at flame out
the pitch the fun'guys, ferment, stare longingly at my fermenter, followed by sad glances towards empty fridge, week later rack and dry hop with cascade
(tbc) days later bottle with teaspoon of dextrose per 0.5 litre swing top bottles, then hide them from myself for another week or two and hopefully ill be tasting the fruits of an improving homebrewer!
ps not exactly sure what im gona do with the dry hops yet, need to read up on that in more detail but ive got up to 3.5oz at my disposal and their a/a is 8.2%