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Old 12-25-2009, 09:25 PM   #1
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Default How do I add bitterness after the fact?

I have an APA that after 3 months of aging is still too damn unbalanced. I went overboard on the flavor hops and basically have a hop juice beer. I need to get some bitterness in there. Is a hop tea a good method for this? Should I use a French press or just make a pint of wort with x oz of hops?

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Old 12-26-2009, 01:43 AM   #2
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I'd just boil some hops in a liter of water for about 15 or 20 minutes, then add that to your finished beer to taste.

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Old 12-26-2009, 01:46 AM   #3
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I've used a hop tea (once) to adjust the balance going into the keg. It worked very well for me, but I've heard others say it's not effective, so, YMMV.

I didn't use a French press. I had an extra hops bag on hand, so I just boiled it up in that.

Another option is to use hops extract.

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could you just add a pinch of leaf hops in your cup each time? Would that work?

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could you just add a pinch of leaf hops in your cup each time? Would that work?
That would give more flavor, not bitterness.
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Old 12-26-2009, 05:41 AM   #6
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Ive heard of people using those hop extracts as well, and just adding a few drops to taste.

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hop tea or hop extract, either one will work. Just make sure not to use too much liquid or your body will suffer.

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I have no problem with the body thinning out a touch. So how much hops in a liter of water? Lets say I'm using a 5% AA hop

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It depends on how much bitterness you need. The theoretical max IBU for a solution is 120, I think. So, if you max out your liter at 120, it will be diluted to add about 6 IBU to the full batch, assuming it's a 5 gal batch.

How much do you need?

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Hm... I'd think about 15.

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