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Old 11-19-2007, 10:00 PM   #11
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Check it once the primary fermentation is done. If it is way too bitter, dilute a sample 2:1 with water to see how that would work. If it is still too much, I'd add an equal amount of water and DME as needed.

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Old 11-20-2007, 02:52 PM   #12
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Check it once the primary fermentation is done. If it is way too bitter, dilute a sample 2:1 with water to see how that would work. If it is still too much, I'd add an equal amount of water and DME as needed.
That's some pretty good advice there (i.e., see what you have before messing around with it). Keep in mind, though, that bitterness may be exaggerated straight out of the primary. My beers usually have a harsh bitterness out of the primary and also, often, out of the secondary that smooths out in another couple weeks. You might want to give it a good month in the secondary before you start making large adjustments.


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Old 11-20-2007, 03:37 PM   #13
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That's some pretty good advice there (i.e., see what you have before messing around with it). Keep in mind, though, that bitterness may be exaggerated straight out of the primary. My beers usually have a harsh bitterness out of the primary and also, often, out of the secondary that smooths out in another couple weeks. You might want to give it a good month in the secondary before you start making large adjustments.


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I'll take your good advice. The krausen hasn't dropped yet, but I'll sample some as soon as fermentation drops. I'm expecting it to be harsly bitter, not only due to the hops and young age, but given that I added coffee, it's likely to be on the bitter side of things at this point.

Let's say I give it a month in the secondary, and during that time, I make another batch (without the hops... ). Once this second batch is in the secondary, I could then add some of my over-hopped stuff to it, right?
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Old 11-20-2007, 07:09 PM   #14
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You certainly can blend batches. In fact, that might get kinda fun.

You can also back sweeten with some lactose, if you want. That won't hurt an imperial coffee stout at all.

There are number of ways you can go at this, and all of them can be pretty cool.


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Old 11-21-2007, 04:27 PM   #15
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You certainly can blend batches. In fact, that might get kinda fun.

You can also back sweeten with some lactose, if you want. That won't hurt an imperial coffee stout at all.

There are number of ways you can go at this, and all of them can be pretty cool.


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I love this hobby!... er, addiction! Thanks for the suggestions. I'll think about sweetening with lactose. I'll probably just end up blending batches.

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Is it even possible to overhop beer?

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You certainly can blend batches. In fact, that might get kinda fun.

You can also back sweeten with some lactose, if you want. That won't hurt an imperial coffee stout at all.

There are number of ways you can go at this, and all of them can be pretty cool.


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I like the idea of back sweetening with lactose, if only to say that you take your imperial coffee stout with cream and sugar.
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Old 11-22-2007, 10:59 PM   #18
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Old 11-23-2007, 03:24 PM   #19
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Who knows, you could have a new favorite beer!

That's what SWMBO said... LOL! Then again, she doesn't really drink beer...

I'm not usually a fan of really bitter beers, though. Work has gotten in the way of my brewing this week (never a good thing), but I'll be taking a sample this afternoon and tasting it. We'll see what those Northdown hops (7.9 %) have contributed -- not to mention the coffee, which (silly me!) I steeped in grain form, rather than brewing a pot and adding it that way. I've read many posts about tannin extraction when you add coffee in grain form and let it sit in the brew. Will this be yet another case of "I'd been warned about this, but still went ahead and did it"?

But it's all good. After reading a hilarious thread in the general section about mistakes we wouldn't do again, I don't feel so bad anymore.
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