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Old 05-12-2011, 08:31 PM   #1
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I just made a small-batch all grain stout, but I completely forgot to cut back on the hops. QBrew estimates bitterness at 138. oops!

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Old 05-12-2011, 09:57 PM   #2
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I can think of 3 choices:
leave it alone and drink it
dilute post fermentation
blend with un-hopped (or low-hopped) similar recipe

What was the recipe? Depending on the strength (both alcohol and unfermentables like roast, chocolate, etc.) you might be able to just dilute after fermentation to get something sessionable. Or repeat the recipe with far less hope and blend. Certainly not the same beer as the recipe intended, but still something...

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Old 05-12-2011, 10:03 PM   #3
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Well that is more reason to age the thing for a long time! Let those hops mellow out with time. How small is small?

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Old 05-12-2011, 10:11 PM   #4
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Maybe it's just me, but I'd let it ride. How much of that was bittering and how much was flavor/aroma additions? Keep in mind there's a saturation point for alpha acids, you aren't going to end up with over 100 IBUs in your finished beer. If you have enough malt backbone, it may bit bitter but it shouldn't be overwhelming.

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Old 05-12-2011, 10:18 PM   #5
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I made a 2.5 gallon batch of Palmer's Mill Run Stout. I intended to use .33 oz galena for 60 min and .33 oz chinook for thirty, but I lost focus and added a full ounce of each.

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Old 05-12-2011, 10:25 PM   #6
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+1 to make a 2.5 batch with no hops and blend

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+1 to age it

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+1 to just drink it and see how it is

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i agree to let it go and see how it tastes. if it's too bitter, let it mellow out a bit.

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Old 06-16-2011, 02:04 AM   #8
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To follow up:

I made a 2.5 gallon batch without hops. After ten days, I blended the two batches in a carboy over 1 pound of cherries. Bottled two weeks ago with two ounces of cherry extract. Put one in the fridge yesterday and opened it tonight to check it out. Very nice beer. Thanks to all for the input. ANT

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Old 06-16-2011, 02:07 AM   #9
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I just made a small-batch all grain stout, but I completely forgot to cut back on the hops. QBrew estimates bitterness at 138. oops!
Well on the up note the human tongue cannot detect anything above 100 ibu anyway!
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