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Old 07-19-2010, 07:26 PM   #1
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Default Any way to make beer less bitter after the fact?

So I made a Haus Pale and tried FWH. The only thing is I didn't adjust my hops. The beer is just too bitter for my taste (otherwise it's damn good). I was thinking dry hop and turn it in to an IPA (it's in a keg). What if I added some Bourbon I have in a jar on oak chips and vanilla beans? Do you think the vanilla would sweeten it up some? What else could I do?

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Old 07-19-2010, 07:28 PM   #2
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If you have, or made, another pale ale that was lightly bittered you could blend them?
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Old 07-19-2010, 07:47 PM   #3
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I have a an Irish Red Ale lightly hopped but it's so delicious I hate to mess with it.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f65/iris...t-comp-141086/

I thought about brewing another batch to blend it but I will probably have drank all of this by then - I get numb to the bitternes after a couple.
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Try a pinch of sugar in the glass before you pour. Or a little honey. Just a touch of sweet to offset the bitter.
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Old 07-19-2010, 07:55 PM   #5
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From what I understand, time will help. It's said that hop bitterness drops off by around half after 6 months (don't quote me on those exact numbers) and keeps going down from there. Maybe stick this batch in the back of the fridge and forget about it for a while...
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Salt reduces the bitterness, just don't add too much.
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:25 PM   #7
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Try a pinch of sugar in the glass before you pour. Or a little honey. Just a touch of sweet to offset the bitter.
Thanks, this actually worked. Although it's taking more like 3 pinches per pint.

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Salt reduces the bitterness, just don't add too much.
This helps too. 1st pint I added a pinch...too much. 1/2 pinch - much better(+3 pinches sugar). Thanks

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From what I understand, time will help. It's said that hop bitterness drops off by around half after 6 months (don't quote me on those exact numbers) and keeps going down from there. Maybe stick this batch in the back of the fridge and forget about it for a while...
+1 this. I have a huge pipeline of finished beer (7 kegs) so I think I'll just BMBF this into bottles for some long time storage. If it doesn't improve it'll be give-away beer. Thanks
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:00 PM   #8
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Amazing, the 4th one's not bitter at all!!!
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Ya know, might have just been the bite from getting too much yeast on the first few pints.

edit: or you're getting too druk to tell anymore.
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Try a pinch of sugar in the glass before you pour. Or a little honey. Just a touch of sweet to offset the bitter.
A splash of sprite might do it, the sugar is already absorbed into the liquid, plus it's carbonated
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