Hey everyone, I'm new to the board and to brewing in general. I am about 2 weeks into my first batch, I am brewing an extract extra pale ale style beer but I am afraid I might have screwed up on the recipe. I bought all the ingredients as a kit from a local brew store and followed all the directions except for the fact that they said to only brew 2.5 gallons to make the wort. I had a very large pot and didn't know that you are supposed to use less hops when you boil wort with more water. Anyway I used about 5 gallons in the boil and just threw in the 2 oz of 7.1% Perle hops at the 60 minute mark and 2 oz of 7.1% cascade at the 3 minute mark just like the instructions said, but looking back I'm afraid that this may have made my beer overly bitter. I found a calculator thing online and typed in everything that i put in and it calculated an IBU rating of about 65 when the rating for a pale ale is supposed to be more like 40-45. Is there anything that I can possibly do to make the beer a little less bitter?? Then again though I do kind of like bitter beers, I'm just hoping that 65 IBU isn't too ridiculous. Everything I have read has just said to let it sit a bit longer and the tastes will mellow out, but should I let it sit in the carboy a bit longer or in bottles. I did primary fermentation for 6 days and it has been in the secondary fermenter for about 7 now. Any suggestions on what to do would be helpful... but it's probably just me stressing about my first brew. As my friend has been telling me, "just relax, have a homebrew".