Whacked out another brew using this recipe and decided to no chill it... This time, just to be zany I followed the instructions and things went off without a hitch, so thumbs up to the guide scribes :D
Because of the no chill, I decided to throw the 20min hop additions in about a minute before shutting off the heat, and leave the aroma additions for later.
So the question I was going to ask was "should I add the aroma hops to the secondary, dry hop style, or make a french pressed hop tea? Well actually the underlying question is really which one will give me a better result as I have read that both 'work' in theory.
I then assumed I'd get a few responses that said 'it depends' and 'its different' etc. Hence to resolve the debate that you all are now having, I have decided to split the batch in two at the end of the primary and then dry hop one and french press the other
At least thats the plan, unless anyone wants to tell me I'm a crackpot (which is probably true regardless)
The rest is just rambling as I've decided to adopt this site as an online diary, until such time as someone takes the keyboard off me
So, I'm also trying to get a better handle on flavour contributions hence I did a few taste tests, here's a summary:
- 5 mins into the mash: tastes like uncooked porridge, smells very grainy
- end of mash: tastes like sweet porridge, smells grainy and a bit doughy
- end of boil: initial flavour is sweet and malty with a medium bitter finish. also has a nice citrusy aroma coming off the late addition hops.
- adding to fermenter (following no chill in cube): nice clear wort, flavour similar to end of boil but a more bitter finish
- trub at bottom of cube: Thick mouth feel similar to the texture of curdled milk but with a very pleasant initial flavour (still quite sweet and malty) although with a quite harsh bitter finish (a lot more so that the clear wort).
While the clear wort is a little too bitter, I expect (from past experience) it will mellow through the fermentation and conditioning process (which I'll do properly this time)