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Old 10-17-2009, 05:03 PM   #1
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Default Yet another did I ruin my Beer

I read the "Did I ruin my beer" sticky, and this one isn't covered....
I was given some hops. I do not know what type they are.
I made a batch of light lager from a kit. No hops are included so I decided to try some.
Not knowing any better, I grabbed 10 or 15 and coarsely ground them and dropped the into a grain bag.
I steeped them for a few minutes near the end of the boil.
The beer is now at the end of the fermentation process, and I decided to take a taste while checking SG.. To say it is bitter in an understatement.
Will this temper with age?
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Old 10-17-2009, 05:05 PM   #2
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Yes, the bitterness will fade.


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Old 10-17-2009, 05:06 PM   #3
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It will temper with age. Until then embrace your IIPA!
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Old 10-17-2009, 05:07 PM   #4
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yep, bitterness will fade with time. but don't judge it too quickly. give it time to carb up in the bottle and i bet it will taste fine.

were these whole hops? there's no need to grind them up, you can just toss them in as is. i wouldn't expect much bitterness to come from these hops if you added them toward the end of the boil. you could get some, but if they didn't boil for very long, i doubt that is what caused the bitterness you describe. did you also add hops at the beginning of the boil? is it hopped extract or something?
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Old 10-17-2009, 05:36 PM   #5
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Thanks for the reassurance...
Although I have found that most goof-ups are fixed by aging, there are exceptions to everything. It never hurts to ask... Another Zappa Fan ...
Thanks again !!!
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