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Old 12-27-2007, 03:55 PM   #1
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as the title says, I did a newcastle clone from AHBS and it is conditioning for a couple of weeks. drew some off yesterday to sample and add to steak marinade and SWMBO said it was too bitter for her. Since she is the one I brew this for, I need to get it right... Any suggestions? could I sterilize a half gallon of water? add something? any suggestions welcome..
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Old 12-27-2007, 03:58 PM   #2
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No need to panic yet, It will mellow with time. If you are really concerned, you could start a new fermentation by adding a gallon of similar unhopped wort. I would not cut it with water, unless swmbo doesn't mind if it has less malt flavor and less alcohol.

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Old 12-27-2007, 04:16 PM   #3
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How long has it been sitting?

Also, you might want to try brewing a Southern England Brown, since they are milder (http://www.bjcp.org/styles04/Category11.html#style11B) as the IBU is lower. You might want to try somethine with the maltiness of a northern (up to 1.052 OG) but with the bitterness of a southern (12-20IBUs, where as a northern is 20-30). This would give you maltier balance.

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Old 12-27-2007, 04:16 PM   #4
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I would reserve your final judgement for when its bottled and conditioned for a few weeks, then try it again.

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Old 12-27-2007, 10:08 PM   #5
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How long has it been sitting?

Also, you might want to try brewing a Southern England Brown, since they are milder (http://www.bjcp.org/styles04/Category11.html#style11B) as the IBU is lower. You might want to try somethine with the maltiness of a northern (up to 1.052 OG) but with the bitterness of a southern (12-20IBUs, where as a northern is 20-30). This would give you maltier balance.
I think I just found our next beer! thanks. As far as this one, it was brewed Dec. 4. a week in primary, a short 1 week in secondary, and after reading on here about conditioning in the keg, I racked it over on the 18th, so I guess it needs a lot more time to be considered ready! Hopefully, it will continue to lighten up. Thanks,
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Lightening up nicely after 2 months in the keg!

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