Originally Posted by SillySally
Thanks for your reply. I used an average alpha of 4.5 in the IBU calculator to come up with that 12, and according to Papazian that's on the low end of IBU for an American wheat, so I was pretty sure something was up, but it's good to hear it from someone else.
Your link shows blow off being used in a carboy. Do you think it could work with a bucket fermenter? I'm concerned that debris will get caught between the bucket and lid, not to mention that the tube is probably too big for the tiny gasket in the lid.
I'm very new to homebrewing myself, but from what I've read, tannins might be the cause of the bitterness. Did you use steeping grains? If so, did you let the temp get above 170 or squeeze the steeping bag? This, from what I've read, can cause tannins to be released into the wort.
As far as a blowoff tube for a plastic fermenter, I actually asked the same question at my LHBS yesterday. They do sell narrower tubes that will fit in the gasket (smaller than what fits on the spigot). Another option the LHBS employee suggested was taking the gasket out, using the tube the kit came with, and closing the gab with plastic wrap. Not sure I'd go with this option personally as I can envision a very active fermentation dislodging the plastic-wrapped tube.
Again, I'm a newbie myself, but I hope this helps. Again, with those hops, my first suspicion would be tannins.