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Old 03-05-2008, 01:45 AM   #1
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Default Adding bitterness to a beer?

First off, let me explain why: I want to use a product that my LHBS recently got (FestaBrew) which is basically 6 gallons of wort ready to ferment. I would like to do their Brown Ale: http://www.magnotta.com/Festabrew/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=220 but have read that the bitterness is kind of bland (the wort is most likely a bit old so some of the bitterness might be gone). There is nothing to boil, it's basically add to a fermenter and wait. I would like to add 10-15 IBUs to get something a little more bitter.

So, is there an easy way for me to do this?

I was thinking that maybe if I boiled 1 qt (or 1L) of water with 0.5 ounce of something like Cascade for 30-60 minutes and added that to the fermented beer (to taste) I might end up with what I'm looking for.

I've read about dry hopping and hop tea (the french press idea is great for adding aroma) but I really want to add bitterness to the beer to get it similar to a Northern English Brown Ale (about 1.040-50 and 20-30 IBUs).

I know there are limits to the isomerization of hop alpha acids (dependant on such things as volume of the boil) so I guess if anyone has some sources for me to read or some first hand information it would be great and I would be appreciative.

I have searched for this but have found nothing on the forum.

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Old 03-05-2008, 01:30 PM   #2
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If you boil a gallon of the wort and 0.5 ounces of cascades for an hour, you'll add about 70 IBU to that gallon. Adding it back to the rest of the wort would give you about 14 IBU.

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You MUST boil the hops in wort. Water will not isomerize the alpha acids...i.e. no bitterness extracted.

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Why not just buy two cases of beer?

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Why not just by two cases of beer?
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Why not just by two cases of beer?
Also, in Canada, a case of Bud is $35. Real beer is ~$13 for a sixer! So you're still saving a heckton of cash with this wort-in-a-bag, like a wine kit.
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Also, in Canada, a case of Bud is $35. Real beer is ~$13 for a sixer! So you're still saving a heckton of cash with this wort-in-a-bag, like a wine kit.
Jeebus! Those McKenzie brothers must have had cash!
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Yeah, I'd just rather drink Bud then Wort-in-a-box. You can also make alcohol by mashing grapes with sugar, adding yeast, then distilling. It might get you drunk, just don't get the point.

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Just to be clear: I don't drink Bud, don't want to drink Bud, just would rather drink
Bud then Wort-in-a-box.

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