I got her really enjoying stouts, porters, and reds though... Miller lite now tastes like piss... So it's not a complete failure... She now considers herself a beer snob lol... Just nota hop snip haha
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If it were for me, I would up the hops. The old lady isn't a huge fan of hops... Hence the reason why I'm not brewing her an IPA lol. I did have the Mt Hood and Willamette additions at .75 oz, but I kicked them down because I have a handful of each of those growing on the vine that I plan on throwing in. I will be rebrewing an imperial hoppy red for myself he soon for the fall. I made one late winter that was finished Simcoe and Amarillo... I didn't like the Amarillo... My go with Cents instead
Does she not like the bitterness of hops, the aroma or both? My wife also has expressed some "concern" about my unhealthy love of cones, but I've found she finds the bitterness most objectionable. I recently brewed an IPA and moved most of the hops to flameout and dry hopping. She claimed it was a big improvement. Perhaps this is an option for you as well.
Looks good to me Frank. I like red/amber ales hoppier too, but an Irish Red has little to no hop presence. If that's what she's after, I say leave it as is. It'll be good.
I'm curious why the precise measurement down to half ounces on grain. Is it the recipe software that does it?
Yep, those are male flowers in with the female flowers.
Seeds are in the female cones. You usually don't have seeds in whole cone hops. I have seen a lot in British, some in US, and was astonished when I saw some floating in the boil using German hops. The Germans feel that they do not want seeds as that is a sign of low quality hops.
Edit, the seeds in the hop cone are the result of pollination with a male hop. You usually don't know what the male was, so if you plant the seeds the result will be odds less that shooting craps that something good results. That is why we get rhizomes to plant.