Thanks for all of the advice. In case anyone is curious, the beer turned out well. I ended up dry hopping during secondary fermentation. I didn't get the pale ale I was looking for, but it is still good. It tastes a little more like a brown ale, I think.
Anyway, I'm glad that I stuck with it...
I guess nothing, unless, like me, you buy a kit hoping for delicious pale ale. My last Cobra is about 15 years in the past, and that's OK with me.
Thanks for all the help folks. I feel a lot better about the potential of my beer. The other good news is, it's one mistake I'll never make again...
Beg Grav: 1.043 - 1.045
Final Grav: 1.010 - 1.012
Hop Bittering Units: 13
3.3 lb Malt Extract
Dry Malt Extract
1oz Hop Pellets
5oz priming sugar
Everything is used except for the priming sugar. I don't have exact amounts on the grains...
I tried separating the hops from the grains, but they are too mixed in. They're not leaves. They are pellets. I'll post the recipe shortly. For now, I'll proceed with the instructions. Thanks for your help!
I'm sure you can imagine how horrified I was/am that I may have ruined what is supposed...
I searched the FAQ, but I couldn't find anyone who made such a basic mistake. My kit called to steep the grains in water before pouring that water into the boil, while straining the grains out. The problem is I accidentally put my hops in there too. So now that I'm boiling, I don't have hops to...