Hello all, just joined yesterday.
My first batch was Cooper's IPA extract, and it came out pretty good, considering. I naively watered it down to 6 gallons, which gave me an OG of 40, and so it was understandably "weak" in every way, but otherwise drinkable. Apparently I'm capable of brewing something that at least resembles beer
My second batch didn't go so well. This one is a partial grain recipe IPA. Target OG is 68, and I got 60. I stopped it at 12, so I guess the ABV is 6-ish. But it tastes more like a hefe than anything else. Just no hop bitterness or aroma at all. I added 1/2 oz of pellet "magnum" at boil, 1/2 oz Cascade at 30 minutes, 1/2 oz Cascade at 15, and a full oz Cascade at 5 minutes. The claimed IBU is 68.8. I'm guessing this is more like IBU 11
I can think of a couple things I did that *might* not be right. First off, I wound up letting the hops sit around in the house for several hours in their boiling bags. Second, I boiled lightly with a lid. Sometimes I see people refer to a "rolling" boil, and that isn't what I did. I maintained 212* and watched the water churn a little, but that's it.
Do either of those things sound like a factor? What else could cause the hops to pretty much not do anything?
Should I try and dry hop the keg? How much should I toss in?