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Old 12-30-2008, 10:33 PM   #1
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Default Too much ginger

Please help. I think I added too much ginger to my ale. I am a week in the primary, can anyone think of something to balance the flavor so it doesn't have such a bitter/sour aftertaste?


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8oz. Dark Crystal Grains (steeped for 30 min)
2oz. Pillgrim Hops (60 min)
1oz. First Gold (1 min)
6oz. fresh grated ginger

SG: 1.046

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Old 12-30-2008, 10:53 PM   #2
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whoa. 6 oz?
thats a lot. was the recipe maybe .6?

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Old 12-30-2008, 11:25 PM   #3
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No recipe. I was just f*cking around.

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6oz is nothing.
My original recipe for Ginger Ale uses 40oz, but I add it to the boil, which "cooks" much of the harsh/bitter flavor out of it. My current, Ginger Honey Wheat, only uses 2.5oz in the secondary, but is a little bitter.
I think the next time I make it, I'll omit the late hop addition.
As for your batch, age it awhile.
Some of the bitterness will age out.
The next time you make yours, cut back the 60 min hops to 1oz, that will cut back on some some of the bittering.

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Old 12-31-2008, 01:23 AM   #5
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I was thinking on more on the lines of adding something. Maybe some fruit. Oranges might pair well with ginger, or quite possibly lemon.

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Old 12-31-2008, 04:39 AM   #6
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I have had a similar experience. I added 1 tablespoon of fresh ground ginger at boil, and my beer had an overpowering ginger flavor upon my first taste test.

Here's what I did. I boiled 3 cinnamon sticks in 1 cup of water, let it cool and added it to my secondary. After a little extra bottle aging, around 4 weeks, it is now drinkable. Still gingery, but not too bad. I found that with some extra time and some carbonation the ginger flavor improves/mellows.

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Old 12-31-2008, 05:19 AM   #7
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I have used fresh ginger in several of my beers. Here's my advice. RDWHAHB. Ginger mellows out a ton. Its starts as spicy and mellows into more of a gentle flavor. My Christmas brew is undrinkable for the first two months of it's existance. It will mellow out, I promise.

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Thanks guys. I think I will add some cinnamon sticks I think.

DragonTail: my beer is called Doggie's Tail Ginger Ale. Want to swap a bottle for Dragon's Tail Ginger Ale?

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Thanks guys. I think I will add some cinnamon sticks I think.

DragonTail: my beer is called Doggie's Tail Ginger Ale. Want to swap a bottle for Dragon's Tail Ginger Ale?
PM me.
I'll have to look and see if I actually have any left. If not I should be bottling the Ginger Honey Wheat soon.

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Chamomile tea will balance the ginger.

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