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Offline Laminarman

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Well that was a disaster...
« on: February 05, 2017, 03:00:11 AM »
My third batch after two extract batches, a BIAB ONE gallon Belgian Pale Ale recipe I tweaked with Beersmith.  All went awesome, including temps, pre-boil gravity..etc.  Steeping grains smells incredible!!!  About ten minutes before boil ended I took a gravity reading (with an ATC refractometer I got as a gift from my wife) and got 1.067 rather than the 56 hoped for.  Under pressure, I topped up with my source water (my well water) which was uncorrected and guess I used about 1/2 quart or more to get to me 59.  In all the fuss and bringing up to a boil again I totally FORGOT the hops at flame out.  What an idiot.  Do I dare dry hope this in the one gallon secondary or pop the lid on the primary after it settles and drop some pellets in?  The  recipe only called for .06oz Fuggle and .04oz Glacier at flame out for aroma.  Well I live and learn I guess.  My 8 year old daughter, when I was scratching my head, said, "Daddy you're doing an awesome job!!"  Little did she know but that sure brightened my night : ) 

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Re: Well that was a disaster...
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2017, 03:17:20 AM »
Relax, it's fine.  Dry hop it... or don't, no worries.  If it were mine, I'd likely dry hop it. 

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Re: Well that was a disaster...
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2017, 11:48:55 AM »
Agree, dry hop it.  It will enhance the hop flavor and aroma. I'm assuming it's an IPA.   But with a 1 gallon batch I would reduce the dry hop amount.  I typically dry hop a 5 gallon batch with 2 oz.  Just doing simple proportions you would use .5 oz in a 1 gallon batch.
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Re: Well that was a disaster...
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2017, 01:25:55 PM »
Agree, dry hop it.  It will enhance the hop flavor and aroma. I'm assuming it's an IPA.   But with a 1 gallon batch I would reduce the dry hop amount.  I typically dry hop a 5 gallon batch with 2 oz.  Just doing simple proportions you would use .5 oz in a 1 gallon batch.

It's a Belgian Pale Ale and scaled down for the recipe it calls for very little hopping at flame out.  Like .05oz each of Fuggles and Glacier.  I'm going to rack it to a glass secondary and dry hop it there for a while.  The recipe calls for just a wiff to not overpower the body of the beer.  We shall see!

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Re: Well that was a disaster...
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2017, 06:01:15 PM »
Your being too hard on yourself.
I wouldn't classify this as a disaster.

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Re: Well that was a disaster...
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2017, 08:46:36 PM »
Your being too hard on yourself.
I wouldn't classify this as a disaster.

I think I was emotional because I was into about my fifth Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA at that point.  Sorry  ;D

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Re: Well that was a disaster...
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2017, 09:41:21 PM »
Your being too hard on yourself.
I wouldn't classify this as a disaster.

I think I was emotional because I was into about my fifth Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA at that point.  Sorry  ;D
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Re: Well that was a disaster...
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2017, 06:29:36 PM »
Your being too hard on yourself.
I wouldn't classify this as a disaster.

I think I was emotional because I was into about my fifth Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA at that point.  Sorry  ;D
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Re: Well that was a disaster...
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2017, 04:34:31 AM »
Don't sweat missing a flame out addition in a Belgian Pale Ale.  It is not a hop forward style.  If you do decide to dry hop it, go very easy.  Grassy hop flavor can become a distraction.
I would even consider using a Noble hop instead of the British hops.
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