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Old 08-06-2009, 08:50 AM   #11
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:55 AM   #12
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If it is more bitter than tangy I would bet on not cooling the wort down fast enough. If it taste like burnt tea, I bet its over heating and/or squeezing out the grains.
Hedging my bets here, it could also be the water but I have not had that problem... I like bitter beers.
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Old 08-06-2009, 01:34 PM   #13
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I've been very careful with bittering hops.
Is this for extract? If so are you doing full or partial boils? It took me a few batches to realize that most of the recipes I was doing were designed for a 2.5 gallon boil. I had been doing closer to 3.5 gallons, so was getting more hops utilization causing bitter beer. I've just done one batch since that realization, and it turned out much better, so I'm hoping that is it.

 
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Old 08-06-2009, 04:15 PM   #14
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Could not cooling the wort fast enuff do this also? Had the same on my first batch and though this may have been the cause.
I would doubt it. Cooling quickly is mostly a nice to have. It allows you to get the beer into a fermenter and get the yeast pitched faster, which can help prevent opportunities for infection. But on it's own it should not cause bitterness.
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