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Old 08-23-2009, 04:23 AM   #1
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I've been brewing for a little over a year now and love it. always looking for a new technique or tip. my question is how can get get rid of the extra bitterness, usually lingering heavy in the aftertaste? I use the brew kit bucket for primary, glass carboy for the secondary, strain out hops when racking to primary. I mostly use brewer best kits. I like the hoppy beers but don't like the dry/bitterness finish. what can I do?

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Old 08-23-2009, 04:59 AM   #2
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The earlier in the boil you throw in the hops the more bitterness is extracted. Move your hop additions to later in the boil.

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Old 08-23-2009, 05:00 AM   #3
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Can you provide an example recipe, including the size of boil, amount of hops, time in the boil and AA%? I think your individual taste may require a smaller amount of hops at 60 minutes or a lower percentage one.

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Old 08-23-2009, 07:18 AM   #4
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^^ I agree with VTBrewer show us your receipe. The more info the better.

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Old 08-24-2009, 07:22 AM   #5
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ok my steam style ( california common)

6.6 lbs plain light malt extract
8 oz crystal malt 20l
1 oz cascade bittering (60 min)
1 oz casade finishing 5 min
iIBU 35-45 don't remember AA% threw package away BB kit

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I would guess it's not really the hops themselves. High levels of sulfates and magnesium in your water can make hops really astringent and sharp. What's your water profile like?

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Old 08-24-2009, 02:09 PM   #7
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+1 for water, my first batch was horribly bitter, not a pleasant hop bitterness. I switched to bottled water and beer is fine now.

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1oz of bittering hops should not cause a sharp bitter aftertaste, espically if you are using cascades.

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Agreed. I assume the cascade was around 7%.

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I haven't check my water. will try some bottled water next time see how it turns out. thanks guys

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