Helping a friend to start brewing
A friend of mine has started brewing. He made a TINY 1gal batch from an IPA kit and he said the beer was quite bad.
I didn't make too many extract batches, since I went AG after a few.
However, he did ask me to formulate an IPA recipe for him.
1gal batch IPA:
0.2 lbs. American Caramel 40°L
1.5 lbs. Liquid Light Extract
0.25 oz. Cascade (Pellets, 5.5 %AA) boiled 60 minutes.
0.25 oz. Cascade (Pellets, 5.5 %AA) boiled 20 minutes.
0.5 oz. Cascade (Pellets, 5.5 %AA) boiled 5 minutes.
Yeast: Fermentis US-05 Safale US-05
I think its an OK recipe for a first beer , right? I wanna keep it simple for him.
The recipe looks fine for an IPA.
What made him say it was bad? How did the fermentation go? How about bottle conditioning? Did he drink it green, or did he wait an appropriate amount of time?
Too many possibilities, not enough details.
Well... he mainly said it wasn't bitter enough and no hop flavor...
some of the starter kits are just bad... they can be not too fresh and the yeast they supply is sometimes of low quality.
I'd like to eliminate as many of these variables by giving him a good recipe.
Not bitter enough? I like this guy already! Sounds like he needs a good recipe, fresh ingredients, and someone to help him with it! Go to it!
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