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Old 08-07-2010, 07:55 PM   #1
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Default Crystal Dry Hop tastes grassy/weedy/bad?

Made a 10 gal batch and I think I had some DMS in it, so I wanted to dry hop the second keg of it, but it came out funky. The recipe is below so I wanted to use a hop that kind of went with the style so the guy at the brew store said, why not Crystal, sort of German/American like the brew profile. I dry hopped 1 oz for 1 week and it's all sorts of grassy/weedy. The same day I dry hopped I used the left over hops (2oz bag of leaf) in a tea ball in a few glasses of the draft beer I was throwing it into. At first I was really happy with it, kind of minty/citrusy but on the 3 or 4th it started tasting bad, and now that flavor has filled my 5 gal keg.
Could this be a bad batch of hops, did I let it soak too long? I pulled the hops out today, so hopefully some of the taste will mellow. Anybody ever ran into this with Crystal or other hops? Should I get something like Citra to hop bomb the **** out of it?


10 Gal Partial Mash, 5 Gal boil


-20 Minute Protein Rest around 129
-60 Minute Mash around 150

Amount Item Type % or IBU
9.00 lb Extra Light Dry Extract (3.0 SRM) Dry Extract 60.00 % (Late Add)
2.00 lb Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 13.33 %
1.00 lb Corn, Flaked (1.3 SRM) Grain 6.67 %
.75 lb Honey Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 6.67 %
1.00 lb Rice, Flaked (1.0 SRM) Grain 6.67 %
0.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 3.33 %
0.50 lb Wheat, Flaked (1.6 SRM) Grain 3.33 %
0.50 oz Magnum [14.00 %] (60 min) Hops 5.4 IBU
0.50 oz Magnum [14.00 %] (45 min) Hops 5.0 IBU
0.50 oz Tettnang [4.50 %] (40 min) Hops 1.5 IBU
0.50 oz Tettnang [4.50 %] (20 min) Hops 1.1 IBU
0.50 oz Saaz [4.00 %] (15 min) Hops 0.8 IBU
0.50 oz Saaz [4.00 %] (1 min) Hops 0.1 IBU
2 Packs Wyeast German Ale

Fermented in high 60's

Est Original Gravity: 1.055 SG

Est Final Gravity: 1.013 SG

Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.50 %
Bitterness: 28.6 IBU
Est Color: 5.3 SRM

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how young is it? it may just turn out great.

never used that hop ( yet) .

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