I am glad to have taken the advice in here. Shortly after creating this I added one can of apple juice concentrate and 16 oz of an incredibly strong black tea - 6 teaspoons of English Breakfast steeped hot @ 195f for 40 minutes. Holy strong.
Anyway, I bottled yesterday and the batch is vastly better. There is body in the brew that I can clearly envision improving over time as it has a knock you on your arse quality to it right now.
I have a couple other smaller batches going already. Slight variations from the recipe database here. This hobby is quite consuming.
Thanks again gender ambiguous forum folks.