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Old 01-06-2013, 12:15 AM   #1
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I just started an Amber Ale brew last night using a partial mash recipe. For the bittering hops, I boiled 1 oz chinook for an hour. The recipe called for 1/2 oz. will this ruin my ale? Is there anyway to counteract the bitterness during my secondary fermentation?


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Old 01-06-2013, 12:18 AM   #2
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Congratulations on your first Amber IPA.

It might be a little bitter but given some time, its should settle down to drinkable. Hops bitterness decreases with time, so if it's too bitter for you, just let it sit and condition someplace.


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Old 01-06-2013, 12:18 AM   #3
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I just started an Amber Ale brew last night using a partial mash recipe. For the bittering hops, I boiled 1 oz chinook for an hour. The recipe called for 1/2 oz. will this ruin my ale? Is there anyway to counteract the bitterness during my secondary fermentation?
No it won't ruin it, but it will affect the flavor. My suggestion is to wait it out, taste it and go from there. Sometimes it better to let it be than to start messing with it. Try it and report back.
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:45 AM   #4
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I would never worry about a half ounce of hops.
It may taste slightly different, but it will still be good.

I think that just about anytime a beer comes out to bitter, a little time is all it needs anyway.
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Old 01-06-2013, 03:40 AM   #5
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Thank you everyone. Who knows, the best recipes have come from accidents. Although I have not yet developed the palet to drink IPAs, maybe I'll create an awesome "Amber IPA". ;-)
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Old 01-06-2013, 03:47 AM   #6
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Is it a full boil ? If not the hops may be closer to what its supposed to be
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What's the batch size? If it's 1 gallon, then it would be a significant difference. But for a 5 gallon batch, yes it'll be a little more bitter than normal, but it'd still be quite palatable. I'm guessing you'll really enjoy it.
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I just used a calculator to estimate the IBU of my brew using all the hops I added to the boil (chinook and willamette) and it turned out to be around 45. How bitter is that? Had I followed the recipe, it would have been around 23.
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What's the batch size? If it's 1 gallon, then it would be a significant difference. But for a 5 gallon batch, yes it'll be a little more bitter than normal, but it'd still be quite palatable. I'm guessing you'll really enjoy it.
I brewing a 5 gallon batch.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:10 AM   #10
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I wouldn't try and fix something like that during secondary. Dont worry, 45 isn't that high. It actually sounds like you've made a happy mistake. It'll be a great beer!


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