I just opened the first IPA I brewed. Not bad, but it tastes like something is missing. I was hoping it would be a bit more hoppy and I'm not sure if the beer needs more time conditioning in the bottle or fermenters (next time) or if I need to tweak the recipe. So, your thoughts would be appreciated!
Here's the recipe:
Grains & Adjuncts
Amount Percentage Name Time Gravity
0.50 lbs 5.88 % Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L 30 mins 1.035
0.50 lbs 5.88 % Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L 30 mins 1.034
0.50 lbs 5.88 % Victory Malt 30 mins 1.034
7.00 lbs 82.35 % Light Dry Extract 60 mins 1.044
Amount IBU's Name Time AA %
1.50 ozs 47.80 Centennial 60 mins 10.00
1.00 ozs 8.70 Cascade 15 mins 5.50
1.00 ozs Cascade 5 days 5.50
Amount Name Laboratory / ID
1.0 pkg English Ale White Labs 0002
With respect to fermentation, the IPA was in primary for seven days. On day five, I did the dry hop. Bottled on day eight using a little over 2/3 cup of table sugar.
So, did I bottle too quickly? Drink too quickly? What tweaks to the schedule or recipe could I make to have a crisper, more hoppy IPA?
Thanks for your responses. Take two of this brew will be my next batch in a few weeks!