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Old 06-20-2010, 12:53 AM   #1
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Default Too much bitter orange. Help me save my beer!

Hi everyone,

Brewed up a witbier about a month ago, everything was pretty much standard with the flaked wheat, coriander and orange peel. I tasted the beer between primary and secondary and it tasted great, good balance of bitter orange and coriander and a good tartness from the yeast.

My mistake on this beer, was adding an additional .25oz of bitter orange to the secondary to try and enhance the orange flavor (maybe I should have used sweet peel instead). The result is a nice light witbier with a bitter orange taste that really knocks you back a step. If you've taken a big whiff form a bag of bitter peels, that's what it tastes like, almost leathery.

So here it is: how can I save my beer? My first impression is to back sweeten it a bit, but I've never done this before. Hopefully this would mellow out the bitterness to a degree. What type of sugar should I use? How do I add it, etc.

thanks guys!

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Just ignore it for another month or so. It will mellow out with age.

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What Yoga said!

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Originally Posted by Revvy View Post
Just ignore it for another month or so. It will mellow out with age.
Ditto. All beers get sweeter with time.
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