Sorry to bring a thread back from '08 but it's the best discussion I've found on the 1.020 curse. So here's the deal, I'm a new brewer and have a couple of batches down and all have stopped at 1.020!
-All were extract (1 LME, 1 DME & both w/grains).
-I've hit my OG's both times.
-Shook the crap out of them to aerate.
-I tried late addition extract with the latest (LME Porter Kit w/grains)
-I used swamp cooler for the first and kept it about 68F using S-04 and fermentation fridge for the second at 62F using S-05.
-Rousing the yeast didn't do anything either...
I like a nice malty beer but sometimes that first drink can be cloying. So the question is, would adding more hops bittering/aroma or both bring the flavor more in balance?