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Old 06-28-2009, 08:52 PM   #1
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Hey guys, this is an all grain kit that I got from Northern Brewer. After asking around, the consensus was that it would come out too bitter based on the kit's instructions.

I changed the hop schedule from 2 ounces at 60 minutes and tried to make it less bitter. Let me know if this was a bad idea...


7.5lbs Pale Malt 2 Row
1 lb Belgian Caramel Pils
1 Ounce Cascade (60 Minutes)
1 Ounce Cascade (15 Minutes)
1 Ounce Cascade (Flame out)

1 Ounce Cascade (Dry hopping)
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Old 06-28-2009, 09:01 PM   #2
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Pushing those hops back to a later addition will lower the bitterness and add more hop flavor and aroma. That's not a bad idea. That is a fairly hoppy recipe considering the low-ish OG.

NB's summary file for it claims 70+ IBUs, but it's wrong in that it assumes 3 ounces of hops for 60 minutes. So I'm guessing the original was around 50, and you're knocking it down to the 30s.

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Old 06-28-2009, 09:07 PM   #3
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What are they AA's for the Cascade? That would determine if you are on the right track. NB lists Typical alpha: 4.5-7.0% so that is a big range.

However if I was buying a kit I would brew it as is the first time, otherwise just buy ingredients and follow a recipe from HBT and save a few bucks.

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