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snowtiger87:
Why only 3.3 gallons? Are you kettle limited? If you are going to spend this much money on hops I would brew a full 6 gallon batch and plan on loosing 1 gallon to trub. Plus this recipe is way too much hops for 3.3 gallons to absorb (IBU wise) so you are basically wasting them. Probably the same is true for 5 gallons but at least you will have more beer when you are finished.

erockrph:

--- Quote from: snowtiger87 on September 05, 2012, 01:53:23 PM ---Why only 3.3 gallons? Are you kettle limited? If you are going to spend this much money on hops I would brew a full 6 gallon batch and plan on loosing 1 gallon to trub. Plus this recipe is way too much hops for 3.3 gallons to absorb (IBU wise) so you are basically wasting them. Probably the same is true for 5 gallons but at least you will have more beer when you are finished.

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I typically do 3 gallon batches. I brew on an electric stovetop in a 5-gallon kettle, and have a 5-gallon mash tun. I usually BIAB/no-sparge in my mash tun, but I'm going to batch sparge this one just to get some extra wort in my kettle. The most wort I can get to a decent boil on my stove is 4 gallons.

As far as IBU's go, I'm getting 60 IBU from a hop shot at 90 minutes. All the "real" hops are there for flavor/aroma contributions. Any additional IBU's I may get from them (and I realize that will be a considerable amount) is just gravy. Thus the beer name - Gratuitous Waste of Hops IIPA. The hops are pricey, but I try to buy in bulk to keep my costs in check. What's the point of having a massive hops hoard if you can't go crazy on an IIPA every once in a while?

deepsouth:
i'd drink it for sure.

i'd top it off and make 5+ gallons as well.  all that hop goodness needs some beer to make love to.

erockrph:
So I finally tasted this last night. Apparently there is such a thing as too much hops in a beer. I think I chalk a lot of that up to the dry hops. If I were to use this much dry hops in several stages again, I would be sure to put all the additions in a hop bag and pull them when I add the next one. I think there is quite a bit of fine hop matter in the bottled beer.

My brewing software projected an SRM of 5.7, but the beer is hazy & murky and looks like it's closer to the low-20's SRM. I'm thinking a lot of that is very fine hop material in suspension. I'm going to give the bottles another week or so at room temp to finish carbing up, then lager them for a few weeks to see if I can get any more hop material to drop out. Hopefully I can get these to be a bit more drinkable while the hop character is still fresh.

Fun facts - I started with nearly 4 gallons preboil volume, and ended up with just fifteen 12oz bottles. Normally I would get a full case plus another 4 or 5 bottles from a batch this size. Lost at least 2 gallons to hops. My brew kettle had about an inch or two of pea-soup looking hop sludge after I racked it all to the fermenter - it was quite an impressive sight :)

el_capitan:
DOH!!  I wish I would have seen this thread sooner - I would have warned you that 19 is an extremely unlucky number.  I see you used 19 oz of hops.  What were you thinking?  Don't you read Stephen King?   :o

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