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Old 08-21-2012, 04:29 PM   #11
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The bad aftertaste did not become apparent in the beer in primary. I tasted it while racking to secondary and it was pleasant. Could hard water/chlorine still be the culprit.

 
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Old 08-21-2012, 05:08 PM   #12
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Yes, still could be. Carbonation has an impact on perceived bitterness. High carbonation accentuates bitterness. A flatter/flat beer will taste more malty and will mask some of the bitterness
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Old 08-21-2012, 06:12 PM   #13
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Now I'm concerned about my new beers. I've since moved to a house, and because the faucet filter needed a new cartridge, I simply used tap water on both of my two batches in the new house.

 
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Old 08-21-2012, 06:21 PM   #14
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While I may be waaay off base here and I'm sure if I am, someone will chime in.... Consider "oaking" your IPA's and APA's. I for one, am not fond of that bite myself. My neighbor had me try an IPA he made after hearing my comments about not caring for IPA's. I tried it, smelled great, tasted great, finished clean, no bite at the end. How'd you do this? Oaked it at the end. I then bought a couple APA kits and oak chips. Put these in a secondary for a week, then bottled. Same result a beer that has a good hop smell, a good hop taste and no bite at the end. So I am inclinded to think oaking helps take away that bitter beer face a bit.

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 12:26 PM   #15
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Well, there's an interesting concept. I guess I'm only half hophead, because despite enjoying super hoppy beers with a power punch of flavor up front... I really just don't dig the aftertaste. I should mention two things: my bitter IPA has already been kicked, and also, it's aftertaste was not typical of the style. It was definitely a mistake I made somewhere. That being said: I like the idea of using oak to control the finish of my future IPA's.

 
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