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Old 03-27-2009, 10:21 PM   #1
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I made a beer that I really liked but it was a tad bitter for me. I did not use any brewing sugar but I think next time I will. Can anyone advise me on how much sugar to add to a 5 gallon batch? Will a tablespoon or 2 be enough?


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Old 03-27-2009, 11:04 PM   #2
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I made a beer that I really liked but it was a tad bitter for me. I did not use any brewing sugar but I think next time I will. Can anyone advise me on how much sugar to add to a 5 gallon batch? Will a tablespoon or 2 be enough?
Plain sugar (corn or cane) will not help, it'll be converted to alcohol. Use less hops or more malt, or lactose, sucralose, or another unfermentable sweetener.


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Old 03-28-2009, 01:25 AM   #3
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A tablespoon or two is nothing. Maybe 1/2 pound or a full pound. But as Sumner says, sugar isn't really what you'd use to make beer less bitter. Sugar makes beer dry is it all ferments out.
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Old 03-28-2009, 01:43 AM   #4
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Bitterness also mellows with time, so you could age it longer.
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Thanks...I did notice towards the end of drinking the batch the last few bottles were not as bitter. Should I leave it in the glass carboy longer? and if so roughly how much longer
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What is your hop schedule / amounts for that recipe?
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What is your hop schedule / amounts for that recipe?
I used a hopped malt extract and 1 oz sterlins pellet finishing hops alpha acid 6.0%
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Did you boil the hopped extract?
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I often find that my pre-hopped kits taste better when I don't boil the canned extract. Also, adding more hops to a pre-hopped kit will tip the balance of flavour towards the hoppier end of the scale, which can often mean more bitterness.
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well I used 1 can of hopped extract and 2 lbs of DME so I boiled it for 1/2 hour. Alot of people are telling me to boil for only 5 or 10 min because of the DME. Do you agree?


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