Hi everyone. So I made a brew last week with a brand new 20 Quart brew pot that my wife gave me for Christmas. I was going to brew up 3 gallons of this IPA (based on Lagunita's IPA but modified for what I had on hand. It was Sunday and I got the itch! Beer store was closed).
Hopville . "Hoptropolis IPA" American IPA Recipe
I did an all grain (I had no extract on hand) so I used the 'ol "paint strainer bag" method for the first time. Almost 10lb of grain, my biggest batch yet (I usually do 1-2G), and it went successfully!
Well at first I was confused. I added 10Q to the pot to mash, but it was obviously much higher than halfway up the pot. After the mash I collected first and second runnings, and I had something like 1.070 gravity (after adding extra water for secondary soak / second runnings) when I was trying to hit around 1.060 at 60% efficiency. I added 8Q of water for secondary soaking (laudering) but did not know how much water the grains soaked up. The pot was almost completely full with water, with more water left over. So my logic was "Hit the gravity, Brew pot is Full so that means I got 20Q of wort. I must have been very efficient (yay!) and I have enough wort to make 5G instead of 3G of this IPA. Awesome".
So I just assumed that A) My pot was actually 20Q as it is clearly labeled on the side and B) I got lucky with my mashing using this mesh bag method and got a great efficiency, much better than my anticipated 60% efficiency.
I roughly doubled the hops and decided to make 5G. Everything should have been just fine. Except that when I poured the wort into the fermenter (which by the way the brew pot was almost completely full, only about 1" clearance because I like to live dangerously) it only filled up to the 2.9G mark. What the?
So apparently some dumbass mislabeled this brew pot. I've read on amazon that they sell 20Q stock pots that are actually 14 or 16Q. That has to be what happened. In hindsight, my little stove top probably could not have kept 5G rolling so I'm totally OK with this 16Q stock pot. But now I have an IPA that is double the IBU as I meant it to be. haha. I love hops so it shouldn't be a problem. Was shooting for 60 IBU, hit roughly 110IBU. Doh.
So what do you think? Will this sucker be a bitter hop rocket? I'm going to go ahead and dry hop double as well, just to keep it consistent. Either way I'm excited about it, although I would have preferred for it to have not been such a surprise. Oh well that's how these things go I suppose!