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Old 01-08-2013, 08:01 PM   #11
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Just brewed my Belma IPA a few weeks back, let it sit 3-4 weeks, then bottled, and it is cloyingly sweet. Don't know what happened ....
I too bittered my IPA with Belma, and it's too sweet. The mash was a couple of degrees high, so it finished higher than usual, but the calculated bitterness should have balanced it. I think I'll start a new thread to discuss, as I think the IBUs are not what is stated on the package.


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Old 01-08-2013, 11:32 PM   #12
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I too bittered my IPA with Belma, and it's too sweet. The mash was a couple of degrees high, so it finished higher than usual, but the calculated bitterness should have balanced it. I think I'll start a new thread to discuss, as I think the IBUs are not what is stated on the package.
Indeed, I should have been hovering around 85 IBU on this puppy. Doesn't even seem close.... Sorry for the thread jack guys!


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Old 01-09-2013, 12:37 AM   #13
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How did you prime?
How much sugar did you use?
At what temp are the bottles sitting?
1 cup of water and the standard 5oz of corn sugar package that comes with the kit. Stirred into the brew in the bottling bucket when sugar water reached room temp. Bottles are sitting at 70-72 degrees.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:38 AM   #14
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You used 4 OUNCES of sugar to prime, not POUNDS, right? lol
5 oz sugar that comes in the package
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:20 AM   #15
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1 cup of water and the standard 5oz of corn sugar package that comes with the kit. Stirred into the brew in the bottling bucket when sugar water reached room temp. Bottles are sitting at 70-72 degrees.
Did you actually have 5 gallons if finished beer or less. Ideally you want .75-1oz of sugar per finished gallon of beer
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Did you actually have 5 gallons if finished beer or less. Ideally you want .75-1oz of sugar per finished gallon of beer
I had a little over four gallons. Forgot to top off cuz it was my first brew.
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That's an awful lot of crystal malt and a somewhat high FG for an IPA which could account for your perceived sweetness.
This^^. This sounds like a horrible recipe. 2-1/2 lbs of crystal is way too much for 5 gallon, and you said you ended up with 4 gallon?
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This^^. This sounds like a horrible recipe. 2-1/2 lbs of crystal is way too much for 5 gallon, and you said you ended up with 4 gallon?
Yes 4 gallons. It is a brew kit from www.homebrewusa.com in norfolk Va
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This^^. This sounds like a horrible recipe. 2-1/2 lbs of crystal is way too much for 5 gallon, and you said you ended up with 4 gallon?
I wasn't going to be so blunt but that is kind of what I thought too. At this point there isn't much you can do. If this is a local shop I would go back and tell them what you didn't like about it and ask for a dryer IPA suggestion. Or there is always online shopping which is a bit more expensive but you can get some great kits. I always liked Northern Brewer's extract kits back in the day but there are plenty of other places out there too.
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5 oz sugar that comes in the package
You said it tasted better before the priming sugar, which is weird. Such a small amount of sugar will not add any perceivable flavor. I would just let it age for a few weeks and try it again. I agree with others that there is a lot of Crystal malt in there though.


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