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Old 05-31-2006, 12:14 AM   #1
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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?

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Old 05-31-2006, 12:59 AM   #2
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you should Drink it

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Old 05-31-2006, 01:02 AM   #3
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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?
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Old 05-31-2006, 01:05 AM   #4
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What was the hop schedule? Are you sure it was the grain? 170 isn't that high if you are steeping.

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Old 05-31-2006, 01:06 AM   #5
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Heh, I like really hoppy beer but that might work...

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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).

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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.

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

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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.
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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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