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Old 10-20-2009, 12:35 AM   #1
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Ok, so my first batch (a Bell's Two Hearted clone from AHS) has been off and going in the primary for 11 days now. So I decided to draw a sample and take quick hyrdo reading today and all looks good.

As I have been so wisely taught from these forums I couldn't resist tasting the fruits of my labor! But when I did all I could taste were the hops (good) but then followed by a very bitter aftertaste.....

OG was 1.060 and the FG is suppose to be 1.012. The hyrdo reading I took was 1.020-ish. So my question is this taste normal at this stage in the process??? What should it be tasting like at this point?

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Old 10-20-2009, 01:03 AM   #2
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Yes it is normal, patience taste it after 3-4 weeks fermentation and 3-4 weeks in bottle/keg, You'll be happy.

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Old 10-20-2009, 01:10 AM   #3
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The title says" Sour taste" but your post says "bitter taste". Which is it? They are quite different tastes. Just curious.

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Old 10-20-2009, 01:16 AM   #4
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My bad.....bitter

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Old 10-20-2009, 01:23 AM   #5
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ahhh...well then COLO is absolutely right.

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FERMENTING: Heady Topper Clone?
CONDITIONING: 40 gallons KBS clone in a Jim Beam Barrel (since 11/24/12)
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Old 10-20-2009, 01:33 AM   #6
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It's an IPA, it should be bitter.

Does it strike you as other than hop bitterness? That isn't good.

Hop bitterness will decrease over time, probably not all that much.

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Old 10-20-2009, 01:36 AM   #7
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The title says" Sour taste" but your post says "bitter taste". Which is it? They are quite different tastes. Just curious.
Well now this post just looks silly!!!
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If your beer's not done fermenting, then it will most likely have a yeasty bite to it, as well as several other off flavors that the yeast will clean up once they're done.

Once you get consistent hydrometer readings at least 2 days apart, let it sit for an additional 1-2 weeks to allow the yeast to clean up after thermselves before botlling/kegging.

This works for most 1.050ish beers. Some certain styles will benefit from extended conditioning.

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It's an IPA, it should be bitter.

Does it strike you as other than hop bitterness? That isn't good.

Hop bitterness will decrease over time, probably not all that much.

Yes, I know an IPA should be bitter, but this is diffenent then bitterness due to the hops.

I taste the hopiness and the bitterness associated with them but, then comes a bitter aftertaste.
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Old 10-20-2009, 03:55 PM   #10
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What where your fermentation temperatures? You may have some off-flavors if they were a little too warm.

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