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Old 01-07-2013, 10:01 PM   #1
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I bottled a 114.5 IBU IPA almost two weeks ago. I tasted a couple of them yesterday and they are still incredibly sugary. Will another week or longer get rid of the priming sugar? I mean, I love really hoppy beers and this one is so sweet I can hardly taste the hops.

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Old 01-07-2013, 10:40 PM   #2
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Did you taste before adding priming sugar? At two weeks you definately shouldnt notice anything. It should be barely noticeable at bottling given the amount you are adding.

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Old 01-07-2013, 10:49 PM   #3
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Just brewed my Belma IPA a few weeks back, let it sit 3-4 weeks, then bottled, and it is cloyingly sweet. Don't know what happened ....

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Old 01-07-2013, 10:50 PM   #4
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I did taste before adding sugar and it was pretty good. Now it seems it isnt mellowing out. Kinda bummed but gonna give it another week or two.

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Old 01-07-2013, 10:53 PM   #5
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what was the FG? Did they ferment out all the way?
What kind of yeast did you use?

Sometimes very big beers with a lot of unfermentable sugars may taste sweet.

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Old 01-07-2013, 11:17 PM   #6
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Do you have a link to the recipe or kit? What did OG and FG look like? Time can usually heal all wounds (beer related), although depending on hop schedule you might lose some aroma.

All that said I generally wait the standard three weeks before passing judgement.

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Old 01-08-2013, 05:38 PM   #7
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Original Gravity: 1.058 Final 1.016
IBUs: 114.5 60min 2oz Millennium 30min .5oz Willamette 5 min.5 oz willamette
Alcohol: 5.7
6.6lbs LME
2lbs Crystal. .5lb carapilis
.5lb Carapilis

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How did you prime?
How much sugar did you use?
At what temp are the bottles sitting?

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You used 4 OUNCES of sugar to prime, not POUNDS, right? lol

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Old 01-08-2013, 06:12 PM   #10
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Original Gravity: 1.058 Final 1.016
IBUs: 114.5 60min 2oz Millennium 30min .5oz Willamette 5 min.5 oz willamette
Alcohol: 5.7
6.6lbs LME
2lbs Crystal. .5lb carapilis
.5lb Carapilis
That's an awful lot of crystal malt and a somewhat high FG for an IPA which could account for your perceived sweetness. Also, IMO, too much upfront on the hops and not enough toward the back end. At 60 and 30 minutes you just get hop bitterness. It's your 15-0 minute additions you get all your flavor and aroma from hops and I think you could have used a bit more there.
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