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Old 02-08-2014, 03:24 AM   #11
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I've brewed this kit. If you're looking for a nice hop bursting IPA then you'll definitely need to dry hop a significant amount. The description above of it being 'subdued' is quite correct if not an understatement. I'm not a huge "hop head" but the lack of hoppiness of this kit really did dissapoint.

Also, 300 grams of dextrose for priming is a hell of a lot for a 5-6 gallon batch (more than double what you need). I don't know the exact batch size you're going for but, but I plugged into Northern Brewer's priming sugar calculator for a 5.5 gallon batch and it recommends 129 (at 68F). Calculate your priming sugar needs very carefully at bottling stage as many new brewers might simply dump the whole pack in thinking that it's been calculated for them. I don't know how much sugar it takes to make your bottles explode, and I'm sure you don't want to find out.

Just notice someone else above pointed this out too...

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Old 02-08-2014, 03:59 PM   #12
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The kits come with carbonation drops so the corn sugar is for the fermentation.

The 1.038 OG reading is quite low for an IPA. How many gallons did you make? The reading could be low simply because the top off water wasn't well mixed, which is hard to do.

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