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Old 08-16-2010, 01:50 AM   #1
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I just brewed a Pale ale that required 2oz of Fuggles and 1.5 of Haulertau. all of the fuggles for 60min and 1.5 at 30.
4.5lbs 2row and .5lb caramel .5lb brown sugar. 1lb liquid malt extract.

I just transferred it into the secondary and it was painfully bitter! Not the good citrus type bitter. I'm talking ear wax bitter. Is there a way to tone down this type of bitterness? How would I make my brew sweeter if it's already in the secondary?

Thanks for the info!

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Old 08-16-2010, 12:22 PM   #2
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I would think there would be more malt extract in that recipe, at least 3.3 lb. What temp did you mash the grain at? It will taste that way if you steep at too high of a temp. I'm sure most around here will tell you to just give it plenty of time after you bottle. See if it mellows out after 3 months or so.

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Old 08-16-2010, 12:51 PM   #3
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^agree. it's either a very low gravity 5g batch or a very hoppy 3g batch.

hops only at 60min and 30 min will give you pretty much all bittering with very little flavor. move the last addition from 30 to 5min and that should help.

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Strange recipe. How many gallons of water? Looks like your ratio of hops to sugars is way too high. And, if that is in 5 gallons you have very little sugars. Your beer will have little flavor (except hops) and very little alcohol. You might be able to rescue it by adding some more LME (boiled with more water to sanitize) and letting the beer ferment again.

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The bitterness should mellow over time.

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Old 08-16-2010, 01:15 PM   #6
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I just had this same thing happen with the CYBI Terrapin Rye Pale Ale clone...nasty!

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I did a Haus Pale Ale and first wort hopped with 1 oz. It turned out too bitter. The bitterness will fade a little with time but it happens very slowly. I added oak and vanilla soaked in bourbon for 2 weeks to it and a co-worker gladly took it all off of my hands. If you have time and the means, make another batch without the bittering hops and blend them together.

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That's a large amount of hops for what seems to be a small batch.

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Old 08-16-2010, 02:40 PM   #9
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it's a 5gal batch, started out at 1.050 and it has fermented down to 1.010. I was thinking of adding some LME but There's not much room in the carboy. It would have to be very concentrated.

My good beer to bad beer ratio is not doing so well lately..
my buddies are scared to try by brews LOL

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1.050 is impossible even at 100% effeciency. Did you measure 1.050 or calculate? Check the recipe you gave us again...something isn't adding up.

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