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beauvafr 10-14-2013 03:26 AM

Ryepa too bitter in fermenter. Help me save it!
I think i've really over hopped my RyePa.

My last tasting from the fermenter tell me it really have a pungent hop taste.. The brew have about 74 IBU for a 5.7 abv target. I am really near the end of fermentation so I don't think the higher abv/IBU ratio on completion will save the thing. I'm 1.020 now down from 1.059. Gravity target is 1.015.

So what do I do now before it's too late. I would prefer to get a higher abv than diluting the beer if that's possible. Is it? Adding juice or sugar?

beauvafr 10-14-2013 03:36 AM

By the way I was already thinking about splitting the batch in 2 and adding mango puree to one of the batch in secondary.

beauvafr 10-14-2013 05:35 PM

Any idea to rescue this? I've read in other posts of the forum that I could go for one of these 3 options :

1. Make another batch less hopped and mix in the secondary before bottling
2. Transfer to secondary and let it ages until it taste good to me
3. Let it ages into bottle for a long time (how long.. I dont' know!)

Since I am lazy and I can't wait so long I would prefer to dilute it in the primary with some mango juice and by the same time start the fermentation again.

What do you guys think of this idea?

nicklepickles 10-14-2013 05:45 PM

Id just let it ride, the bitterness will meld away a bit when it get bottled and conditioned. At least thats my experience

beauvafr 10-14-2013 05:47 PM

@nicklepickles Are we talking about months or weeks?

nicklepickles 10-14-2013 07:55 PM


Originally Posted by beauvafr
@nicklepickles Are we talking about months or weeks?

Just a few weeks, usually between 2 and 3

funnycreature 10-14-2013 07:57 PM

Had the same issue with my IIPA. Way too bitter in the fermenter. Just let it sit and cold crash if you can. The yeast will pull off a lot of the bitterness. Then, as suggested above, let it mellow for a couple of weeks. My IIPA is very drinkable now and has a very pleasant bitterness. Cheers!

b-boy 10-14-2013 08:03 PM

The bitterness will fade. Try dry-hopping with some Citra if you're looking for some Mango overtones.

Demus 10-14-2013 08:44 PM

If you want it to taste like cheap cider, by all means pour in some juice...

jrgtr42 10-14-2013 08:59 PM

Don't just the final product by what is not coming in the fermenter. Once it's primed, bottled, and carbonated, the taste and bitterness will have changed drastically.
I would say to just relax, don't worry and have a (home)brew.

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