Hey guys, first time posting, first time brewing, well tonight anyways!
I'm doing a Partial grain extract brew, a clone of Gumball Head (Hoppy Wheat Ale).
The recipe calls for 1oz Amaretto at boil, 1oz at 30 min, 1oz at 55 min, and 1oz dry hopped in secondary.
I've already changed the last two Amaretto for Cascade, as I love the sharper grapefruit like aroma and flavour of Cascade.
My question is, should I reduce any of the hops to 1/2 oz? I personally like a hoppy beer, but friends and family may not. I was considering dropping the 1oz amaretto 30 min flavouring hops to 1/2 oz, but I'm not sure how big of a difference it will make.
PS - As I mentioned this was my first time, I just finished boiling 2.5 gallons to cool and leave in my already sanitized bottling bucket so that when I need cool water to mix with the boiled wort, it's ready to go. However now that the water is cooling (still in my brew pot) I can see little oily stuff on top of the water, with some small floating particulates. Should I be concerned about that? Can I just filter it through a sanitized J-cloth when I move the water into my bottling bucket?
I can't wait to have this first session under my belt, I'm sure I'll have a lot less anxiety next time.