I'm nearly-new at brewing, trying yooper's recipe with friends this month, but one big change. I am one of the few who haven't bought into the IPA thing; it always comes across too harsh for my palate.
So, we're pushing the entire hop bill to FWH-don't hate on me yet. Even the dryhop ones, we'lre putting in at the end of the mash (not yet decided if we can pull off all-grain), and leave the hops in until gas-off. In theory, with enough pre-boil exposure, the flavor and aroma components should complex with the malts and sugars to prevent them from boiling off, but the bitterness should come across since it'll be there the whole boil (contemplating a 90min boil, but at least 60).
we're going to brew a double-batch and split at gas-off for two separate fermenters. one will get whirlpool hopped with 1oz amarillo, the other won't. depending on a taste-test going into secondary, it may get dry-hopped with 1oz amarillo.
warrior not available, I'm thinking columbus instead?
biggest pot is 32qt aluminum, so I should be able to brew/boil 24-28qt of wort, but this is about 1qt/lb in the all-grain recipe...will my OG suffer much? planning to bring each fermenter up to 20-22qt using boiled/cooled water during cooling process.
Last thought: I'm also curious about the 'small beer' concept, and we have a 5g (not 6.5) fermenter as spare, so we're going to take the grain and re-mash/boil it for a second batch to try this out. this is a nearly-free experiment, but I'll presumably want some form of bittering as there'll still be some sugar...any suggestions?