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Old 01-25-2013, 06:00 AM   #1
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Default Altbier bitter?

I'll admit that it is taking me a while to come around to really enjoying hops. Occasionally I'll have my IPA or some other hoppy beer, but usually not by choice.

Now I have the excelsior altbier kit from Midwest and was wondering how bitter this is? Would it really pull away from the original style of an altbier if I withheld one ounce of hops (it comes with 3). I feel that I would probably enjoy it more, but then again I don't want to have a beer that really doesn't resemble what I am supposed to be drinking.


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Old 01-25-2013, 07:53 PM   #2
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This kit has 2 OZ of Mt Hood for bittering and Hallertau for finishing. It claims to end up with 43 IBUs which is moderately bitter. Thats at the high end for the BJCP guidelines. I think you would be OK dropping .5 oz of the Mt Hood. Holding a full ounce would likely drop you down to around 20 IBUs or so which is below the low end of the BJCP guidelines.

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