« on: July 03, 2011, 11:20:53 AM »
I made a very plain pale ale using only 1 oz of Cascade FWH. The rest of the grain bill is 8 lbs 2-row, 1 lb vienna. That's it. I think the beer is a bit unbalanced. It's OK but it has too much body and if I do it again I'll leave out the vienna and add 1 lb of corn or maybe even plain sugar to make it lighter in body. My question is, would dry hopping this now do anything to improve it? I know it won't add bitterness nor will it lighten the body but I was wondering if you thought it would add any complexity that would make this more drinkable. Like I said, it's not terrible but it's not what I was shooting for. Right now I can see myself blending this with something else in the glass until I get it used up. I won't throw it out.
More radically, could I boil 1/2 an ounce of hops in a quart of water and add that to lighten it slightly and add more bitterness? Probably not the best remedy. I'd prefer to just try the dry hops if you think it's worth the effort. Can you dry hop cold, carbonated beer? I've never done it before.