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Old 05-30-2013, 07:31 PM   #1
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my all the beer I brew turns out kind of bitter some more than others. for example witbiers turn out really bitter and they barely have any hops in them. I brew with filtered r.o. water,. extract brew kits from northern brewer, I don't exceed any temps when brewing, I use weast yeasts, I set the temp on my ferm fridge to 62degree for ales, I primary for 1 and a half weeks, secoundary for at least a week or more and still I get bitter after taste..sometimes more than others don't know what it can be im starting to think maybe its extract brewing all together so im starting to all grain now to see if it changes but the all grain I have is still in the ferm, so Ill see the results in a couple of weeks anybody got any sugestions please

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Old 05-30-2013, 07:45 PM   #2
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What are your hop additions? Maybe you could post a couple recipes?

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Old 05-30-2013, 07:51 PM   #3
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witbier
FERMENTABLES
-- 6.3 lbs Wheat malt syrup
HOPS & FLAVORINGS
-- 2 oz Hersbrucker (60 min)
-- 1 oz Coriander Seed (10 min)
-- .5 oz Bitter Orange Peel (1 min)

cream beer
-- 0.75 lbs Gambrinus Honey Malt
-- 0.25 lbs Belgian Biscuit
FERMENTABLES
-- 6 lbs Pilsen malt syrup
HOPS & FLAVORINGS
-- 1 oz Cluster (60 min)

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aa% of hops and was it a full or partial boil

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Old 05-30-2013, 08:01 PM   #5
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Sometimes if your beer still has not cleared (yeast in suspension), you will get some extra bite that is not pleasant. Letting it clear prior to packaging or letting it clear in the bottle can really improve the beer. More time in primary might be needed.

I don't think this would have anything to do with extract vs all grain.

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If the beer is less than 6 weeks since brew day it could just still be a little green. If so give it another few weeks to round itself out

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What cleaners and sanitizers are you using?

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Also, what is your source for the RO water? Same one every brewday?

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if that is indeed a Hallertau type hops.....it's an aroma variety not a bittering variety. what exactly is filtered r.o. water?

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So is it bitter like a double IPA?

Maybe you're using the word bitter to describe some other off-flavor?

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