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Old 04-03-2013, 01:32 PM   #1
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Default Has anyone tried "hop teas" to add bitterness?

I don't know why, but his batch finished a bit sweet. I want more bite. I have lots of Hallertau and Northern brewer. Was thinking of boiling 2-3 ounces in three cups of water for an hour and adding it just before kegging. Will this help balance things out? Or am I stuck with a beer only my wife could love?

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Old 04-06-2013, 12:34 AM   #2
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Okay, seeing as I got nowhere with answers... I took about three ounces of northern brewer pellets. Tossed em in a hops bag. Boiled them for an hour then passed them through a coffee filter. Added the sweet beer and WHAM I got a killer flavour! I can't believe it actually. This fluke has turned out to be a great learning opportunity.

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Actually there's quite a lot of threads on hop teas...the terms are sadly too short for the search feature on here, but through google you'd find a ton....I made a "let me google that for you" link....

Try This.

I know it's a little late, but I didn't see the thread when you posted it.

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I wish I had thought of this for my last batch. It was very malty and not quite balanced to my liking.

In theory you could add a bit of tea, stir it in, sample, and repeat until you got a balance that you liked. I'll have to remember that. This might actually be a great way to dial in a balanced quick no-boil extract brew; that's probably how the pre-hopped LME kits are assembled. This might help me make some full 5-gallon batches within my kitchen constraints.

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Actually there's quite a lot of threads on hop teas...the terms are sadly too short for the search feature on here, but through google you'd find a ton....I made a "let me google that for you" link....

Try This.

I know it's a little late, but I didn't see the thread when you posted it.
No problem!
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LOL!!!!

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I doubt it would do you much good. If you brewed a hop tea that was pretty much maxed out on bitterness, it would be what, about 100 ibu's? Adding a liter of the tea to ~20 L or so of beer would only give you a boost of 5 ibu's, and it would otherwise dilute your beer. Maybe that would be enough to balance out the beer, but I kind of doubt it.

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It must be psychological then. Because, the difference was huge.

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Well, you might get a lot of flavor/aroma, but I just don't see that much bitterness coming out of it. You're not going to go from 30 to 50 ibu's that way.

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Never expected to.... but adding 5-10 IBUs, sure.

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