OK. So, to start this off, I need to admit that I made a big mistake while
brewing. I know that no one else has ever made any mistakes while brewing.
So, with that out of the way . . .
I had a couple extra 3.3lb containers of malt extract. When boiling, these
were put into the boil. I know, I know, I started at 5AM. Dumb.
Anyway, when I was done, I ended up with wort that had a much higher gravity
than I wanted. Yeast killing gravity. Eegads.
So, I split the batch into “1 5 gallon, and 1 3 gallon” batches, so as to get to my 1.060 O.G.
So, that should work out fine–except for now, I know that each batch will have a decent
malt profile, but will probably be under-hopped, under-bitter, because I hopped for a 5 gallon batch.
So, I want more bittering hops, not flavor or aroma hops. Here’s my idea.
Boil some water, add some hops. Boil for an hour. Let it get all concentrated and such.
I now have bitter hop-water.
Cool that, split it, and add it to my carboys.
Crazy? Stupid? (I already did stupid, see above)
What do the mighty brewing minds of the Northern Brewer forum think?