Man... rough brew day. It's my third batch ever and i took the jump from a kit to a recipe that I assembled myself... it's a Young's Double Chocolate Stout clone.
It was not the smoothest brew day I've had, but I think I was able to rectify everything I encountered, until I made one major error...
There was a group of ingredients I was to add to the boil at the 15 minute mark, including several sugars, cocoa, hops, and 4lb 2oz of liquid malt extract. I only forgot one thing... the 4lb 2oz of liquid malt extract... so at the 60 min mark, I stopped the boil and dropped the wort into the ice water bath. It only took me about a minute to realize my error, so I quickly put it back on the stove, brought it back to a boil as fast as possible, stirred in the extract, and boiled it an extra 10-15 minutes before finally stopping the boil and moving into the cooling stage.
So, expert brewers, what's your take? Ruined? What will the extra boil time do to the flavor? Especially an extra 15 minutes on the hops? (Fuggles for 60 min, Kent Goldings for 15)
This was by far the most involved batch I've undertaken yet. I think I'm gonna try and do the same one again, if not next, pretty soon. I'm curious to see what this tastes like in a month.
Also, it was my first try with invert sugar. I made my own, or at least tried to... hopefully that worked too. I just poured it straight into the pot at the beginning of the boil. It wasn't still boiling itself, but it wasn't completely cooled either. Was this okay?
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