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Old 10-11-2011, 08:27 PM   #1
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Kind of a small question to start a thread for but I was wondering if you guys think it would be a good or bad idea to dry hop the brewer's best holiday ale to give it a little more hop aroma. I'm undecided because of all the other spices that go in and because IBUs should be in the 40s as is. Here is the recipe:

http://www.brewersbestkits.com/pdf/1049_Holiday_Ale.pdf

 
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Old 10-11-2011, 11:22 PM   #2
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I'd be hesitant to go too heavy on hopping it (although I've never tried the kit myself). Generally, holiday ales should be all about the spices and malt; hops really tend to be bittering balance and maybe a little aroma. If you were to do so, I'd do it with something mild like Fuggles or Willamette.

 
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:36 PM   #3
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Just bottled this kit, and since I am a rookie, I did not know what to expect. Pre-bottle taste test seemed a bit light on the bitters, but then thats my opine. My OG was a little higher than listed, 1.078, and my FG was 1.008. started boil with 5.3 Gal of water and ended at just under 4.9 gal so that was close. Will see in 7-10 days what I think.

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Old 10-19-2011, 04:14 PM   #4
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I'd definitely be curious to hear how that turns out for you. I did a 3 gallon boil and ended up with an OG on the low side with 1.068. FG (or at least G at 5 days) was 1.018, so still hoping that's a dropped a little by next reading.

 
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