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TSH_Lance 02-25-2009 07:20 PM

Just a Little Bitter
I recently made a beer with the following ingredients:

3# Muntons Light Dry Extract
3# Wheat Extract Liquid
3oz Hallertau Hops
Wyeast German Wheat

After 15 minutes added 1 oz hops, then last 15 minutes added 1 oz. hops, Then turned fire off, added 1 oz hops and cooled in ice tube.

It is a little bitter, I want to try it again but with less hops...where should I cut the hops out? First Hop, Sencond Hop or Final Hop.

cuinrearview 02-25-2009 07:39 PM

Your first hop addition will add the most bitterness, but Hallertau is a pretty mild hop in flavor, aroma, and AA%. What type of beer were you trying to make? How long has it been in the bottle? A green (too young) beer will have some flavors that seem bitter. That being said if it's a hefe-weizen (which your recipe suggests) you should start popping them after two weeks in the bottle.

McGarnigle 02-25-2009 07:40 PM

Cutting down on the earliest addition will reduce bitterness. Long boils are for bitterness, short or no boils for aroma a flavor.

TSH_Lance 02-26-2009 01:09 AM

It has been in the bottle 2 days short of 2 weeks. I was trying for a hefe-weizen style. I dont know how much time I need to cut off of the boil. I think I might try to cut the time in half....

1 hour boil...

add 1oz hops at last 25 minutes then 1oz at last 10 minutes then 1oz to finish...

The beer is fine for me, but I am making this for others to drink and the comments have been a little bitter.....

Thanks for the help... and if it doesnt turn out, ill drink it anyway...

lx302 02-26-2009 03:59 PM

If you were trying for a hefe, low hop count is usually the style.
When I brewed my hefe, I only added 1oz of bittering hops for 60mins.
If you want to brew this again and like the flavor, cut out the 45min addition or 1 oz.

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