Originally Posted by nstnate
Is it possible that to high of pitching rate could cause a serious lack of hop flavor? I seem to have an issue with my hoppy beers and very little hop flavor after ferment and in the finished product.
I would look to other things first:
--Recipe formulation: are you overwhelming the hops with malt or yeast flavors? Try more neutral malts and yeasts.
--Water chemistry: you might try increasing the sulfate balance in your water to accentuate the hops. Be careful and do research first, though.
-Try first wort hopping.
-Are you getting a good vigorous rolling boil to really isomerize the hops?
-Try adding more flavor hops at flameout. Make sure you are chilling rapidly--the longer the hops stay in contact with hot wort, the more you are losing flavor from them, and only getting bitterness.
-Try a Hop Rocket--you can filter your beer through it on the way to the fermenter.
-Try dry hopping, or serving through a Randall.
--Fermentation and storage:
-Try fermenting your beers on the cooler side, and make sure you are storing them cool.
--the hops themselves: Are they fresh? Are they noted for their flavor? Maybe try a different variety, or using whole hops instead of pellets (or vice versa)