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Old 05-10-2009, 06:22 PM   #1
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So I brewed an American Ale using Amarillo hops and dry malt extract. It's been in the primary 3 weeks, and when I sampled it was too bitter for my liking.

Any thoughts on adding some sort of sweetner/sugar/honey or whatever to off set the bitterness a bit?

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Old 05-10-2009, 06:27 PM   #2
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Boil a cup of DME and a quart of water and add it to the fermenter. That should balance the BU/GU ratio (Bitterness Units / Grain Units) more to your liking

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Your beer is still young and the bitterness could subside a bit over time. How much hops are you talking about?

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The final IBU was 35, well in range for the style. I'm at work and don't have my notes in front of me, but I believe in the boil I used 1 oz at 60 min, .5 oz at 20min, .25 at 10min, plus I was planning on dry hopping, but not sure now.

Would malto-dextrine do anything? I have a packet of that left over from an old kit.

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Yes, MD will add body and improve the mouthfeel offsetting the dryness. It will also add very small amount of sweetness. Wait until you are ready to keg/bottle and add it an ounce or two at a time.

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Yes, MD will add body and improve the mouthfeel offsetting the dryness. It will also add very small amount of sweetness. Wait until you are ready to keg/bottle and add it an ounce or two at a time.
I have 5oz of MD...Should I bring about a 1 1/2 cups water to boil dissolve that and then put that in the bottom of my keg and rack on top? Also, what would the carbonation effect be?
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I'm not sure I'd mess about. Generally speaking, if I've tried one when bottling and it is a touch too bitter then that is a good sign that after a few weeks it comes out good. One brew I made deliberately under hopped tasted good at bottling time, but soon became too sweet tasting in the bottle. I'd say your 1oz of a 9% ish bittering hop was spot on for a good ale.

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