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Old 05-11-2012, 11:02 PM   #1
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I just finished bottling my first 5 gallon batch of "amber" beer, it is sitting in a nice dark spot. I sampled a glass while bottling and it was TOO bitter! Which doesn't make sense considering I didn't use more than 1 ounce of bittering hops while brewing.
Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions?
Perhaps it's because it hasn't finished the process as it is now sitting/aging/carbonating in bottles. Hopefully it will be better in a couple of weeks.

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Old 05-11-2012, 11:28 PM   #2
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What were your hop additions? Qty's, AA%'s, Utilization%'s ? This information will be helpful in figuring this out. Another thought - What temp was your fermentation?
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Old 05-11-2012, 11:39 PM   #3
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What hops was the 1 oz.? how long boiled? How much fermentables?

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Old 05-12-2012, 05:20 AM   #4
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It was just one of those "true brew" kits and I don't think it gave those detailed specifics, sorry. I fermented between 63-72 degrees Fahrenheit. I boiled for 50 minutes.
Here is a picture of it, only after four days, I'm simply sampling it again as I type.
VERY harsh tasting....damn.

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Old 05-12-2012, 05:25 AM   #5
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It was just "bittering pellet hops". Like I mentioned, it didn't give those details/percentages. Next brew I'm definitely buying better quality supplies and taking my time in picking/making a good recipe.

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Old 05-12-2012, 02:43 PM   #6
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Describe your chill down process after boiling. After getting a coil chiller, my beers are much less bitter, almost too much.

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It will mellow with age. You'll be surprised what it becomes.

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It will mellow with age. You'll be surprised what it becomes.
I sure hope so, thanks man! And how long do you recommend I age it for?
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Describe your chill down process after boiling. After getting a coil chiller, my beers are much less bitter, almost too much.
In chilling, all I did was fill my sink 3/4 full of cold water and ice and then stuck the batch of wort ( still in pan ) in the sink to cool off. I had to re-add cold water, as the warm overwhelmed and heated up the first cool bath. That's all....probably not the best method, eh?

I did NOT strain anything before pouring wort into carboy though. So I'm a assuming in not straining the hops out, that is what has made it so bitter...?
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In chilling, all I did was fill my sink 3/4 full of cold water and ice and then stuck the batch of wort ( still in pan ) in the sink to cool off. I had to re-add cold water, as the warm overwhelmed and heated up the first cool bath. That's all....probably not the best method, eh?

I did NOT strain anything before pouring wort into carboy though. So I'm a assuming in not straining the hops out, that is what has made it so bitter...?
NO. Leaving hops in does nothing to affect bitterness post boil.

What beers are you used to?

Is this more bitter than SNPA?
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