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Old 01-25-2011, 06:27 AM   #1
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Default IPA too sweet after bottling

I have been brewing for about 5 years so I somewhat know what I'm doing. I recently brewed an American IPA. Everything went great on brew day. I tasted the wort when it went into the fermenter. It tasted like it had allot of potential. I let it sit in the primary for 14 days and fermented from 1.059 to 1.013. It fermented at higher temps than I would have liked it to. The ambient temp was unfortunately around 72deg so I imagine it was pretty warm in the bucket. Nonetheless I tasted it again before racking to the bottling bucket and it tasted great. Really nice hoppy flavor. I racked it on top of a 4oz corn sugar/water mix without stirring as I always do.

This weekend was one week into bottle conditioning so I popped one in the fridge to see how it was coming along. To my surprise it was very nicely carbed up already and held a great head. Color and clarity were nice too. On the front end it had a great hop aroma and taste but on the back end it had a sugary sweet taste that was more than I would have liked. It was drinkable but certainly not ideal. You think it is just too young still? I'm just a little confused because I've never had beer that was fully fermented and carbed taste so sweet...especially since it wasn't sweet going into the bottle.

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Old 01-25-2011, 08:07 AM   #2
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If you bottled with corn sugar there is probably still some left that has not fermented out. Give it a few more weeks.

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Old 01-25-2011, 12:16 PM   #3
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I don't think 4 oz of corn sugar in 5+ gallons (assuming) of beer would make it sweet. Was this all grain? Extract? Partial mash? Maybe you mashed at too high a temp.

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If you bottled with corn sugar there is probably still some left that has not fermented out. Give it a few more weeks.
+1 a week of conditioning is usually not enough for my beers
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If it is sugary sweet then the corn sugar is still there. Wort is not sugary sweet.

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It was extract. The strange thing is that I think I tasted it after I added the sugar and it didn't have that taste. I guess only time will tell. Patience is the most difficult part of this hobby.

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It was extract. The strange thing is that I think I tasted it after I added the sugar and it didn't have that taste. I guess only time will tell. Patience is the most difficult part of this hobby.
That's true! The only thing that I can think of beside the priming sugar still being "tastable" is if the recipe is a little low in bittering. Sometimes when the flavors meld, the sweetness of the extract can be tasted more. What was your recipe?
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:19 PM   #8
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Maybe it's a hops flavor? Some varieties, like Amarillo, seem really juicy and sweet to me.

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I'd watch out for bottle bombs. If it really is sweet, you have a lot of residual sugar in it that will keep fermenting. I've never had that much carbonation after 1 week. Did you taste it before adding the extra sugar?

At week 2 try another and report back.

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