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calman 05-31-2006 12:14 AM

bitter ale - what should I do now?
 
My APA is bitter, very bitter! I deeped in grain while the water was too hot (170F), and that makes my beer bitter. What should I do now?

budbo 05-31-2006 12:59 AM

you should Drink it

calman 05-31-2006 01:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by budbo
you should Drink it

The bitter aftertaste is too much for me and it stays there in my throak for couple minutes! I am thinking of making another no-hop or only aroma hop (finishing hop) and mix the two together. Recommend?

Brewsmith 05-31-2006 01:05 AM

What was the hop schedule? Are you sure it was the grain? 170 isn't that high if you are steeping.

budbo 05-31-2006 01:06 AM

Heh, I like really hoppy beer but that might work...

homebrewer_99 05-31-2006 01:31 AM

I recommend mixing it with a sweeter beer.

With summer coming on how about making Radlers?

In a glass (or pitcher) mix 1/2 your beer and 1/2 Sprite (or some other Lemon-Lime soda).:D

PT Ray 05-31-2006 01:41 AM

If that is the only flaw, be happy and let it age out. If you make beer too sweet it will always be sweet, but if it is too hoppy/bitter it has a limited time frame and will begin to diminish.

david_42 05-31-2006 02:19 AM

Gelatin finings reduce polyphenolic compounds (astringent or bitter husk and hop tannins).

RichBrewer 05-31-2006 03:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by calman
My APA is bitter, very bitter! I deeped in grain while the water was too hot (170F), and that makes my beer bitter. What should I do now?

How old is the beer? The bitterness mellows with age. You may want to give it some time before you do anything drastic.

SteveM 05-31-2006 04:33 PM

I agree - let it sit a month or so in the dark and try it again. You may be very pleasantly surprised.


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