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Old 10-14-2013, 10:58 PM   #11
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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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I'd say it's a very rare beer indeed that was "improved" by adjusting a flavor midstream....
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Personally, I'd just suck it up and drink it, but you could add maybe a half pound of lactose to it to sweeten it a bit, if you really think you're going to hate it as is/will be.

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Old 10-15-2013, 03:35 AM   #13
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@FarmerTed Thanks for the tip. How and when?

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Old 10-15-2013, 06:18 PM   #14
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I'd say it's a very rare beer indeed that was "improved" by adjusting a flavor midstream....
I would suggest just leaving it alone.
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@FarmerTed Thanks for the tip. How and when?
You could do it at packaging time, but you may want to just pull a 6 oz sample, spike it with about 2 grams of lactose, and see if you like it. However, you're better off making 1 mistake instead of 2.
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Old 10-15-2013, 06:39 PM   #16
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@FarmerTed Thanks for the tip. How and when?
Sounds like you're thinking of adding lactose. Have you ever had a "milk IPA"? There's a reason!

The most important thing you can learn in brewing is patience. It's good to taste your samples during fermentation. It helps you learn what the yeast are doing during various stages. It does NOT help you anticipate the finished flavor. Great beers don't necessarily taste great at all stages, and definitely taste different when completely done and properly aged. That's the ONLY time you can taste the true outcome of your labor. Even if this batch comes out too bitter for your taste, you will have learned what the recipe truly tasted like. If you Jack with it now, it will almost certainly not taste as intended, and you'll never know what your recipe and process actually produced. Relax, don't worry, have a home brew. Were truer words ever spoken?
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I think I got it Demus. Thanks for the advice. Well said too.

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