Hey guys. Well, it's been 2 weeks since bottling the "Serious Business IPA" (which I posted about here
) and I had to try one to see how things went.
It's not bad. But it's really not what I was going for at all. Granted, it's still a week early, according to the 1-2-3 method. But I think something is amiss.
The main thing I notice is that it's very dry in the finish. Your mouth just feels dry and parched. There's a slightly earthiness about the flavor, perhaps on account of the oak chips?
I don't know. It's certainly bitter, but not the bitter I was hoping for. And I think I should have waited longer to add those cascade hops, as the aroma isn't quite what I wanted either.
Could the Columbus hops be a culprit as well? They had comparable bitterness to the magnums I wanted, but my shop was out of the magnums so I had to bite the bullet.
So, I don't know. Again, not bad, but still not what I wanted.
I want to re-try the recipe with a larger brew kettle, to get a full rolling boil for a solid 60 minutes, and I'm also going to invest in a secondary. I left this baby in a primary for 3 weeks. I wonder if that also is contributing to the funkiness.
Any tips or ideas? Thanks guys.