The hops should not affect the fermentation. You could have less viable yeast if you did not make a starter. Do you have the ability to take hydrometer readings?
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Just send the Galaxy to me. I have never used it.
You need to get some. Very tropical and tasty !
EDIT - They're a little dank and resiny, too. Good stuff.
I tasted a gravity sample last night. This is actually turning out better than I thought, I wasn't expecting to get it right the first time but maybe I will. There is nice bright, fresh citrus aroma and flavor without it being perfumy, which I had been fearing because the lime leaves have such a strong aroma. I need the yeast cake for an IPA I'm brewing tonight so I'm going to rack over a little more cascade and a tiny bit more lime leaf then bottle this weekend. That should insure a fresh aroma.
Honestly though, 53 might be a little high for APA, especially if you're wanting to keep the bittering addition in check. I normally shoot for ~ 45 in APA.