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Old 01-06-2014, 06:33 AM   #1
LordofBeers
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So I just bottled a spiced winter ale and noticed a bitter flavor (and not a good hops bitter) but a bitter maybe from the spices. I used fresh ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.

I'm wondering if this will mellow in the bottle? The beer tastes great but has that bitter ending I'd rather not have. Suggestions?

 
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Old 01-11-2014, 06:58 PM   #2
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Anyone? I was reading that the time in the bottle along with carbonation will mellow this bitterness out. Any experience?

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Old 01-12-2014, 05:00 AM   #3
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I had some of that going with a Pumpkin Ale I brewed. It was bottled in late October and is getting more mellow the longer it sits in the bottles.

I would guess it will get better with age.

 
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Old 01-13-2014, 04:45 AM   #4
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I had the exact same thing with a winter ale I did. Had a batch timed to be done for Xmas, but it was as you described. Now, into January, I can taste the spices mellowing. Might have to brew this next August or September to have a fine beer for the holidays.
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Old 01-13-2014, 05:53 AM   #5
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I found that to much clover causes the bitter flavor you speak of. Did you use clover?

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