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Old 01-27-2013, 07:54 AM   #1
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Long story. Here goes.
Extract.
Made an iipa that turned out way ****in bitter. This was experimental. Dumped it.
Made a half batch with the same malt/steeping grains as a batch I've made 4 other times. This turned out way bitter too. Malt/grains were half to maintain ratio. Just dif hop schedule. Did half recipe of the bittering hops at 60 min. All the other were 10 min and later. Dry hoped hard with 2oz Citra for a week.
Still off.
The only difference is I have an immersion chiller now and I cool from boil to pitch in 10 minutes.
Thoughts? I'm lost.

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Old 01-27-2013, 05:36 PM   #2
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I think either your brewing water is enhancing the bitterness of the hops way too much or, simply, you need to dial back on the hops.

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Time heals nearly all things in the brewing world. Never ever ever ever ever ever dump a beer, especially if you think it's too bitter. That's one of the flavors that fades quickly, much to the dismay of hopheads.
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Hops mellow out quickly if it is indeed a hop bitterness you are tasting. a month or so in bottles, taste...repeat as necessary
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It is illegal to dump beer. I will PM you an address and you should send all unwanted beer to that address for proper disposal...

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Old 01-28-2013, 10:10 PM   #6
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I thought that the aroma and flavor of hops will fade, but the teeth whitening bitterness will remain...
And it's the same water source that I have used for all of (11) my batches.

The only difference is that I now use a chiller that gets me from boil to pitching in 8-10 minutes. Would that affect it?

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The only difference is that I now use a chiller that gets me from boil to pitching in 8-10 minutes. Would that affect it?
Would it make your beer crazy bitter? No.

But seriously, no need to dump it. I had a beer once that, when you went in for a sip, all you could smell was farts (sulfur.) Left it alone at room temp for a couple months and it was stellar.

And yes bitterness most definitely fades.

However I'm shocked at how bitter you're perceiving it. I've made a 5 gallon batch of Cascadian Dark with an entire pound of 6.9%aa hops and it was not only drinkable but delicious.
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Water chemistry can change seasonally, but i would lean towards it being your hops. What was the schedule?

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Hops could be different alpha with new season of hops.

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Old 01-29-2013, 12:23 PM   #10
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2.5g batch
.75oz chinook at 60
.5oz citra 10min
.5oz citra 5min
1oz citra at flameout
DH with 2oz citra at 2 weeks for 1 week.

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