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Had a bit of a disaster last week, well maybe not a disaster but a still f*** up. I borrowed a friends grain mill, and expecting a higher efficiency I checked my pre-boil gravity. All I can think of is that the sample was too warm, but somehow I misread it and thought I was 12 points up on where I should have been. Expecting a much boozier beer I decided too bump up the hops to balance it out, thinking I'd be brewing a 7% IPA instead of a 5.8% APA. Turns out the OG was actually 1.052, not the 1.064 I expected (not crushed fine enough I guess?), and with the additional hops I was looking at a 5% beer with about 65IBU. Eventually I decided to take it as an opportunity to do some experimentation and I added 750g of [pasteurised and diluted] honey after high krausen, which should bump the ABV back up to about 6.8%.
My dilemma now is should I dry hop the beer as originally planed? I'll post the recipe below, originally I was going to use 100g of Simcoe and 30g of Citra, but now I'm thinking that A; I shouldn't throw more money into this beer and B; the dry hop flavour will mask the taste of the honey. Thoughts?
|3.40 kg||Pilsner (2 Row) UK (1.0 SRM)||Grain||1||52.9 %|
|1.80 kg||Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM)||Grain||2||28.0 %|
|0.42 kg||Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM)||Grain||3||6.5 %|
|0.06 kg||Acid Malt (3.0 SRM)||Grain||4||0.9 %|
|5.00 g||Simcoe [12.10 %] - Boil 60.0 min||Hop||5||6.1 IBUs|
|30.00 g||Cascade [7.60 %] - Boil 30.0 min||Hop||6||17.7 IBUs|
|0.96 tsp||Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 mins)||Fining||7||-|
|20.00 g||Simcoe [12.10 %] - Boil 10.0 min||Hop||8||8.9 IBUs|
|80.00 g||Simcoe [12.10 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 15.0 min||Hop||9||24.3 IBUs|
|25.00 g||Citra [13.11 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 15.0 min||Hop||10||8.2 IBUs|
|1.9 pkg||Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) [50.28 ml]||Yeast||11||-|
|0.75 kg||Honey (1.0 SRM)||Sugar||12||11.7 %|
|100.00 g||Simcoe [12.10 %] - Dry Hop 5.0 Days||Hop||13||0.0 IBUs|
|30.00 g||Citra [13.10 %] - Dry Hop 5.0 Days||Hop||14||0.0 IBUs|
Tasted it today, it's down to 1.010 and I added 30g Citra and 50g Amarillo. There's a noticeable honey flavour that will work well with the hops, but also a little hot alcohol which will hopefully mellow over time. All in all a good outcome, looking forward to tasting it cold and carbed up!