The bitterness should age out, mine took about a month or so. Some is still there, but in a good way by my tastes. Also, after mine aged for a bit and the bitterness subsided, more of its sweetness and apple flavors were noticeable. So you may want to wait to adjust if your aging it. Just seen you were from Shelby, I go fishing up at Oak Orchard once in a while, when the tourists get too unbearable at burt dam near me.