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Beer Krout

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My last 5 brews have using the ESB Fresh Wort Kits.

I usually add 3L of water to these brews.

Tasting the first three batches. I have noticed a distinct lack of bitterness in general.

The next batch I will do. I plant to:

Do the partial/all grain boiling schedule but with just the 3L of water.

Bring 3-4L of water to boil.
Add hops at 60mins for extra bitterness.
Add hops at 15-20mins for extra flavour.
Add hops at 2 mins for aroma.

Does any one know the original IBU's on these brews?

Does this sound feasible?

Obviously I will not add as much hops as if I was doing an AG.

Thanks in Advance

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Spun

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Hi Beer Krout, I have a mate who does these all of the time. I tried one his latest last night - it was the APA with 20 g Chinook boiled in 2 L of water for 20 mins and 20 g Cascade for 5 mins. This resulted in a distinctly more bitter (about 16 IBU according to Beer Smith) and hoppy beer than the straight wort kit, it was just about perfect to my tastes.

So from that experience, depending on the AAU% of your hops, I'd drop the 60 min addition and just do 20 and 5.

Cheers
Spun
 

Beer Krout

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Thanks Spin

In the end, I poured half of the 15L Fresh Wort into a 10L pasta saucepan and did a 60min, 20min, 10min, 5min additions on this amount of the wort.

Cooled and added back to the fermenter with the original wort.

When I racked this to the secondary on Monday. The sample had a distinctly more bitter taste than the previous version Fresh Wort APA I brewed.

Hoping for good things.

Cheers

Beer Krout
 

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