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Old 05-17-2012, 05:25 AM   #1
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Default Is there a way to un-hop a beer during fermentation?

Tasted a sample of a hefe while measuring an SG and found it quite more hoppy than intended. Will that mellow with age or is there anything I can do to un-hop?

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Old 05-17-2012, 05:32 AM   #2
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im new myself, still on my first brew... but for what its worth, what if when u transferred it to your secondary fermenter you strained it to get all hop residue out... and let it ferment in there for a couple weeks.... this is a total guess and dont take my word lol

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From experience, that will mellow, the longer it sits the more the hop aroma and taste will dissipate. I don't know of any other way to "un hop" once fermentation has already began. If its still too hoppy after primary fermentation You definitely could transfer to a secondary vessel once fermentation is completed, I would think leaving it in a secondary for another month or two would drastically help

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Age will help, but you will be surprised how fermentation and carbonation will change it. Just remember what it tastes like and compare it to the taste on bottling day and after aging. It will give you a basis for your process. I assume you are keeping notes and recipes. Excel or LibreOffice Calc work great for notes if you do not want to purchase a commercial program. In fact, I saw a spreadsheet on the site earlier today that was very well done - right here.

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Old 05-17-2012, 05:51 AM   #5
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Tasted a sample of a hefe while measuring an SG and found it quite more hoppy than intended. Will that mellow with age or is there anything I can do to un-hop?
Yeah, but you will probably need a mass spectrometer and a particle accelerator.

As others have said, hop aroma and flavor do fade with age. Unfortunately, hefs are usually considered best young. Who knows, in a few weeks it may be just right. Best of luck.
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Old 05-17-2012, 02:28 PM   #6
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My IPAs change a ton with hop aroma and flavor after a month or so in the keg. Age should help. However if you are talking the bitterness is too "hoppy", then you may be out of luck

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Old 05-17-2012, 02:36 PM   #7
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The only way to "un-hop" a beer is to dilute it.

Build a hopless wort with DME, let it cool. Play with your recipe in a software to and adjust the top up water to determine how much lost bitterness to expect.

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Old 05-17-2012, 04:29 PM   #8
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I would let it age.

However if you're really desperate, perhaps you can pitch more hefeweizen yeast. Or possibly bring the temperature of the beer up in order to bring out more banana flavors to make the hoppiness less noticeable.

I would rule with aging though.

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Normally I'd agree with the age thing, but not for a hefe. Gotta have the hefe fresh.

I'm with Gila - dilute it.

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yeah, i'd go with age it out a bit. bottle it for ~3 weeks and try one a week after that and find the peak.

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