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Old 03-04-2008, 06:39 PM   #11
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Added 2/3 oz at beginning of boil, maintained a rolling boil for 30 minutes, turned off heat, added remaining 1/3 oz hops, then cooled to 80 degrees, added 3 gallons spring water

The bottles are in the bottle box they came in, in the coolest corner of the kitchen - 70 - 75 degrees cover with a towel.

I used Idophor to sanitize and I sanitized everything every time including me

I can't say that it is bad beer, it is just NOT what I want to drink. BUT since I never made/had any homebrew before, I can't say its good beer either ! Just don't know.

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Old 03-04-2008, 06:41 PM   #12
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Default Giving keids beer

Yeah, they are both 41. Got to hide it from my 18 yr old granddaughter or she will steal it

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Old 03-04-2008, 06:52 PM   #13
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Keep sampling new beers! When you have had enough different beers you will love the hop flavors, aromas, and nuances. After a life of BMC, it is hard to flip the switch to "real" beer. Keep at it and the rewards are endless.

Weiss beers are easy and quick to brew. They are an ale, so temp control should not be a problem. You may also like wit beers, so try a few of those. Farmhouse or Saison style Belgians may also be a good fit to start with.

Keep at it! This is a great hobby for everyone

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Old 03-04-2008, 06:59 PM   #14
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I don't know what the recipe was, but it sounds like you may have boiled those extra hops for too long, getting more bitterness than you wanted. The hopped extract probably had all the bitterness you needed. The extras probably were there to add just a little hop flavor and aroma to the beer.

Did you take actual gravity reading through the process, as well, or just go by the calendar? The way you describe it, it sounds like you continued to ferment a bit as time went on. The bitterness also will mellow out with a bit more time.

I agree that you might want to look into other styles. Hefeweizens and wits are nice, as are blonde and cream ales. You can look around in those areas and work from there.


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Old 03-04-2008, 07:03 PM   #15
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Early on (in the primary and secondary), beer can retain an artificially (almost bready) sweet flavor because of the high concentration of yeast that is still suspended in the beer.

Once the beer has conditioned and chilled, that yeast falls out and your left with the "intended" product.

That intended product now has some very fresh hops flavor and can be bitter since the beer has not had a chance to age and mellow.

95% of the posts regarding too much bitterness end up coming back after several weeks of aging and proclaim the beer to be much better.

That said, I just looked at your recipe and the vendors instruction page. There is not reference as to the style of hops or the targetted IBU's. As long as you follow blind-kit-instructions, you're brewing an unknown beer. It could be that the beer turned out perfect...just not to your liking.

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Old 03-04-2008, 08:16 PM   #16
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You give your little kids beer!!!You Bastard!!
I've heard it helps keep them quiet and sleep better!
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Old 03-04-2008, 08:18 PM   #17
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Miller lite? that is a joke right?

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Old 03-05-2008, 12:50 AM   #18
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I can't say that it is bad beer, it is just NOT what I want to drink. BUT since I never made/had any homebrew before, I can't say its good beer either ! Just don't know.

Good beer is beer that you like, period. Trust your own tastes, that's all that you have to go by. Don't choke down a style you don't like just because you think you should. But don't get discouraged either, there's tons of beer styles, and then there's cider, mead, etc. There's no one taste that indicates "homebrew."

I bet if you tried an English brown ale you'd like it and the recipes are pretty simple and forgiving, that's why they're popular styles to start the brewing hobby.
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