If I submitted the beer I bottled last night into speciality veg beer I think I would be a shoo in for gold as a brussel sprout beer.BLECH. Actually this hop had some promise and those aromas are still there...a bit. But this beer smells and tastes of brussel sprouts.It started as my own IPA base recipe. But there was no nottingham at my LHBS so they recommended pac man. After primary and secondary I was left with a beer that was kinda blah, nothing like my first attempt at this recipe.Since I had just gone in on a group buy, I had about 10oz of Belma leaf hops sitting around. But, dry hopping would have just piled the hops on top in the secondary and I like the flavors of late additions like 10 and 5 min. Even at flame out you have lots of residual heat to draw out the flavors instead of just aromas.So I took three oz of belma and put into boiling water for 5 min. Then I chilled that and poured the whole thing (hops n water) into the carboy.A week later and wow...this beer went from blah to ugh. Went ahead and bottled of six bombers, but dumped the rest. I read on all the forums about not dumping beers and that 'hey, you made beer'. But I start to weigh the effort of bottling 5gals against my expected enjoyment of said experiment. Maybe in a few months I'll be very sad that I only have some bottles, but right now I cannot imagine it.
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