I brewed a DDH NEIPA recently and it was a great learning experience.
I got the aromatics I was looking for but the flavor was bitter. The batch was bound to be wonky because of size limitations because I could only brew a 3-gallon batch on a stovetop. The final beer was SUPER cloudy and had some sediment in it and when bottling a lot ended up settling out of the beer.
Primary fermentation was at 72°F then down to 68-66°F then sat at 64-62°F during dry hopping. This was all done in a cool midwest basement with low humidity.
Overall the beer wasn't quite a NEIPA, not really juicy and had sediment.
My question is what variables should I tweak to produce a better result, with less bitterness and smoother body, on my second attempt?
Brew Method: BIAB
Batch Size: 3 gallons (ending kettle volume)
Boil Size: 3 gallons
Boil Gravity: 1.060
Efficiency: 65% (ending kettle)
Wyeast - London Ale III 1318
6 lb - American - Pale Ale
0.6 lb - Flaked Wheat
0.6 lb - Flaked Oats
0.4375 lb - American Carapils
El Dorado [15.7% AA]
Citra [11% AA]
Galaxy [14.25% AA]
Mashed at 149°F for 60 minutes
FWH 0.15 oz El Dorado, Citra, Galaxy
40 minutes whirlpool 0.2 oz El Dorado, Citra, Galaxy
20 minutes whirlpool 0.45 oz El Dorado, Citra, Galaxy
20 minutes whirlpool is shut off 0.6 oz El Dorado, Citra, Galaxy
DH for 8 days with 0.65 oz El Dorado, Citra, Galaxy
DH for 4 days with 1 oz El Dorado, Citra, Galaxy
List of Possible Pain Points
- Efficiency miscalculated
- The total amount of hops was too high
- Dry hopped for too long
- Too much yeast for the batch size
- Hops scaled incorrectly (should I have used the total AA% to scale?)
- Lack of a cold crash
- Grain bill was miscalculated
- FWH could have been too low/high
- Get a finer mesh hop bag (I had the white one from Northern Brewer)
- Split hops into smaller bags per variety
These are just the issues I've drawn up/done some research on but I'm not too sure what the main culprit could be.