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Old 01-15-2008, 12:50 AM   #1
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I am transferring for my primary to secondary and I tasted a bit and it is quite bitter.
I am making an Irish red. I have made this before and don't recall it being this bitter at this stage. Do you think I got something wrong? Is there a way to sweeting things up a bit before bottling? Starting gravity 1.055 final gravity 1.015 I think but I may not know how to read the hydrometer. What do you think?


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Old 01-15-2008, 12:51 AM   #2
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Anything is possible. I wouldn't concern yourself with it until it's been in the bottle a month or so. It will probably mellow out just fine.


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Old 01-15-2008, 01:31 AM   #3
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Did you change anything in the recipe? If not it could just need a little more time to age.
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Old 01-15-2008, 01:50 PM   #4
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I actually had the same thing happen to me a couple times. Most recently was quite a surprise - I was trasfering a Canadian Blonde to secondary and it had a bitter bite that was totally unexpected - hopefully it will mellow out after bottling though. Usually does - I find a few weeks n the bottle can work wonders for taste
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Old 01-15-2008, 02:22 PM   #5
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My beers often seem much more bitter when racking than one would anticipate by looking at the recipe. After proper conditioning, though, balance returns.


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Old 01-15-2008, 06:15 PM   #6
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You are likely getting the hop bitterness which is up front early on. As others mention it will fade quickly over time.

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Old 01-16-2008, 02:38 AM   #7
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ok thanks. I feel better. I'll just wait and see what happens.


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