Chocolate and hops

Homebrew Talk - Beer, Wine, Mead, & Cider Brewing Discussion Forum

Help Support Homebrew Talk:

JLem

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 27, 2009
Messages
3,643
Reaction score
187
Location
Attleboro
When using cocoa powder or cacao nibs in a brew, should you reduce the amount of bittering hops to account for the bitterness in the chocolate? Or are these two distinct bitternesses (is that even a word?)?
 

newbeerpig

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 14, 2009
Messages
130
Reaction score
11
Location
Northern California
I think it is two different kinds of bitter and they tend to hit the pallet at different times. I find the bitter from chocolate is right up front while the bitter from hops tends to be on the back of thew drink. Just my thoughts...
 

The Blow Leprechaun

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jun 16, 2008
Messages
601
Reaction score
5
Location
Rockville, MD
With my chocolate stout, I definitely noticed the chocolate bitterness. Given my experience with it, I'd say to account for it, but not by much - make it maybe slightly less bitter than you otherwise would - maybe 5 IBUs or something else fairly insignificant.
 
Top