I’m brewing a second batch of the NB Witbier recipe. I brewed the first one straight up and thought it was pretty good.
This time I ordered an extra 3.15lbs LME in addition to the 6.3lbs that come with the kit. I’m thinking about adding all (or most) of the LME to bring the ABV to a little over 6%.
My queston is: Should I add additional hops to keep the balance of the original recipe? It calls for 2oz of Hersbrucker for 60 mins. That gives the original recipe about 23 IBUs. If I add the extra LME, it dilutes the IBUs to about 15. That’s not bad, but I am throwing the proportions out of whack.
I have an extra 1 ounce of Hallertau hops from a previous brew day that would probably work well with this. Adding that for 60 mins would bring the IBUs back up to 23.
Should I add the extra hops, and what would be the best way to utilize them to keep the hops to LME ratio more in line with the original recipe?
I mainly want to take the ABV up a bit without throwing off the balance.