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Old 03-16-2012, 01:28 PM   #1
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Brewed a tried and true stout recipe ( http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f68/none...a-stout-96969/) with plans to take it to a local beer fest. I was convinced by a much experienced brewer to lower the hop additions as he felt it was too bitter. That combine with a lack of Cluster availability locally led me to an all EKG brew (1oz@60, 0.75oz@20). Hit all my SG's almost exactly as predicted.

What I got is a beer with no hop flavor at all. The taste is all sweet.

Is there any way to salvage this? Would dry hopping do anything to help really?

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Old 03-16-2012, 01:34 PM   #2
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dry hopping will only give you aroma, it won't do anything for bitterness.

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Old 03-16-2012, 01:35 PM   #3
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you could make a hop tea.

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Old 03-16-2012, 01:38 PM   #4
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Isn't there a bittering extract available for homebrewers? ...aside from that, you might decide to try blending it with a more hoppy beer.

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Old 03-16-2012, 01:42 PM   #5
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Dry hopping will NOT add to the bitterness to balance out the malt sweetness. You should have upped the EKG 60 min addition to account for the lower alpha acids. What you are looking for now is to add bitterness to balance out the sweet. Not sure if there is anything you can do now. Sorry not much help.

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Old 03-16-2012, 01:45 PM   #6
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you could make a hop tea.
That could work! I've accidentally tried to add a hop tea instead of dry hopping before I knew what I was doing and it added a decent amount of bitterness because I steeped the hops too long.
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I haven't used the hop shot from NB, but I believe it also needs to boil.

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That what I thought I understood about dry hopping...Only aroma.

My previous brew of this beer, had an estimated 28 IBUs. With the advice I got, I convinced myself to drop it some. With the hop additions listed, I get about 21-22 IBUs. One thing I realized last night while trying to figure out what happened is that EKG is used mainly for aroma, not bittering.

Pretty sure it's just screwed up.

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I would try the hop tea, couldn't hurt if it's already screwed up. Get .25 to .50 oz. of some cluster or similar AA hops put it in a fine mesh bag and boil with a little water for an hour then add it to the stout.

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Old 03-16-2012, 01:57 PM   #10
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Go with your gut next time. Use what YOU wanna use.

But there really shouldn't be much difference between a 22 IBU beer and a 28 IBU beer in bitterness.

Has it conditioned completely?

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