Originally Posted by MichaelsBrewing
I think you're just fine changing up the hops/addition amount. I have not had issues with the cascades challenging the blackberries. Also, upping the crystal may be interesting indeed. This one is quite roasty so that may provide a little more fruit, as you're assuming. If you do make this recipe or modify, please report back!
Alright, sounds good. I'm still undecided about the hops, I'll probably go with what your recipe suggests, simply because it worked for you, but I will probably also go with a darker crystal.
This is on the list to brew, but it might still be a couple weeks, I've got a couple beers to do between then and now. I've also still have 60 lbs or so of blackberries in the freezer from last year, and since august is coming up, I need to clear them out so I can make room for more. The girlfriend can only drink so much blackberry cider....
Edit: how high are you carbonating this? your second picture suggests a rather large amount of dissolved CO2....