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Old 08-10-2011, 12:52 PM   #1
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I am very new to the hobby. My first batch (Brewers Best IPA kit) has been in the primary for 2 weeks now. I took a FG reading and it was right where it should be at. I then tasted the sample and it was pretty good to me, but I was really surprised at how strong the hops were. VERY bitter (even for most IPA's). This is fine for me but I'm the only one in my circle of friends who will enjoy it.

So to my question: Is how it tastes now pretty much how it will taste when it's ready for drinking, or will the bitterness mellow out a bit? I'm plannng on leaving it in the primary for another week (3 weeks total), then letting it bottle condition for another 2 weeks.

 
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Old 08-10-2011, 01:03 PM   #2
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It will mellow out. Especially after some carbonation. The hops will mellow with time as well.

In the end, if it's too much for your friends, more homebrew for you ;-).
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Old 08-10-2011, 01:03 PM   #3
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The bitterness will definitely mellow.

 
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Old 08-10-2011, 02:36 PM   #4
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You'll find that as your beer ages, it will improve...to a point. Usually a month after my beers are ready to drink is when they hit their peak, but this can vary from beer to beer. It will be fine, just be patient.
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Old 08-10-2011, 02:39 PM   #5
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I have a detailed answer to this here...
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Old 08-10-2011, 03:39 PM   #6
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FWIW, as a semi-noob and professed hophead, one of my biggest lessons has come from experimenting with the timing and amounts of hop additions. Hoppy bears are among my favorite styles, but I discovered that with only 7 months of brewing I haven't got the experience or equipment to make hugely bitter ales balanced enough to enjoy. So I've been backing off the bittering hops and playing with different types and AA levels. I just bottled a Cascade IPA that I think will finally be the house beer I've trying for all this time.

BTW, if you haven't already, you may want to search & read threads on hop bursting. It focuses on late hop additions to get aroma & flava without huge bitterness. I'm brewing a SMaSH on Saturday that will also be my first hop burst attempt.
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Old 08-10-2011, 03:44 PM   #7
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I enjoy tasting batches as the process goes along. Sometimes there is a weird flavor here or there but I just try not to get too excited about it. In most cases, the odd flavors resolve with time whether as a result of conditioning, carbonation and/or cooling.

 
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Yeah,they will get more rounded with aging time. We tried 2 of my 1st IPA yesterday @ 12 days in the bottle when they got fridged on Monday afternoon. Malt flavor quite subdued due to being young. Lemon flavor buried under the strong grapefruit flavor. A little bitter orange still coming through. Def needs more aging time to round out the hop flavors so the lemon & orange flavors stand out a bit more from the grapefruit.
All those hop flavors need some time to develop. Not to mention,let the light toasty malt flavor come through as planned. But the aroma is nice & citrusy/malty. Time & patience make all the difference.
It's also a bonus that my wife gives me honest critiquing of my ales. An added bonus!
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Old 08-10-2011, 05:13 PM   #9
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This is fine for me but I'm the only one in my circle of friends who will enjoy it.
Sound like you can just keep this whole batch to yourself. Score!!!
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Cha ching! more for me,heheee!
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