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Have you made grapefruit wine and what were your results?

So I made a grapefruit wine recently, using Ocean Spray 100% grapefruit juice, mostly because I am lazy and it was a test batch of about a gallon and a half. The results were interesting. It is clear ...
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Does beer pulled early from a keg taste less bitter than those pulled later?

I seem to be noticing that the beers I drink early on from my kegs taste less bitter than the last few beers. My kegs do not move for 1 to 2 months while they are being emptied. Is it possible that ...
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Bitter flavor/tannins

My second brew was today and I have a sample from before the wart was throw in the fermentation bucket. It's a rye IPA and the sample tastes very bitter. I know that's to be expected, but I feel like ...
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Beer way too bitter. What should I do?

When I planned my last batch (my 4th, so I'm pretty inexperienced) using Beersmith for a single hop IPA, I realised that the IBU I got from the recipe was way to low. So I adjusted the recipe and ...
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Extremely bitter beer

I was brewing an English mild with an estimated IBU of 16. Followed the recipe exactly (I can post if needed). Added to the carboy and used a filter funnel to make sure the hops didn't make it into ...
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Is using a large amount of low alpha hops for bittering a bad idea?

I'm going to brew a Kölsch soon with about 25 IBUs. I was planning on using Hallertau Hersbrucker for bittering. However, after I bought the hops I noticed they only have 2.3% alpha acid content. ...
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Beer tasted bitter at kegging time, best leave at room temp?

I made a coopers classic IPA beer kit with a hop tea (about 5min boil), tin of light malt extract and 500g of light spray malt. I forgot to add water to the airlock in the first 4 days of fermentation ...
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Why is IBU/GU a good measure?

Since the FG is what measures the residual sugar in the final beer, why do we use OG, instead of FG, to calculate the ratio of the bitterness over the sweetness in final beer? How precisely is the ...
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Overload of bittering hops, any “fixes”?

I've had a 5 gallon all-grain batch of John Palmer's Elevenses in primary for just over a week. When I was brewing, I haphazardly dumped twice the prescribed amount of bittering hops (German Northern ...
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Why would one batch of beer, brewed the same as the second, be more bitter?

In fear of going into too much detail and yet not providing enough information to ascertain possible reasons; Does anybody have any reasonable hypothesis as why one batch of beer would be more bitter ...
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Chocolate and Coffee Additions

I am going to be brewing the Zymurgy KBS clone, but a little nervous with some of the additions listed: 2.5 oz Belg Bittersweet Choc and 1.5 oz unsweetened cocoa nibs @ 15 mins. ***I read that ...
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What is the use of aromatic notes of bittering hop single-purpose?

My knowledge about hops and their contributions to bittering and aroma: The hops can be grouped by four purposes, being: Bittering, Aroma and Dual, the dual can be divided yet by "bittering/aroma" ...
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IBU above 100… how bad is that?

First of all, I didn't really plan to make a beer with IBU above 100... I popped the hops into the calculator and it came out about 85. So, after the brewing the beer I was going over the printed out ...
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Reducing Bitterness level in Imperial Stout

I am about to brew an imperial stout, and I was wondering, about bitterness level in it. I want to create a smooth sweetish imperial stout (maybe somewhat on the same level with a milk stout), but ...
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Question about a Hop Chart

I've seen this chart several times in bars and such, and was looking at little closer at the numbers. The bottom graph i can agree with on the numbers, but the top part listing the different ...
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Does PH affect hop bitterness?

I've always disagreed with the idea that dry hopping or late hopping added 0 IBUs to your end product. If I ever brewed a kit or recipe and followed the hop schedule exactly, it would pretty much ...
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Boil size, ABU's and adding LME

I see version of this question has been asked, so apologies for the repeat but its never quite answered in the way I need. I made a batch last night and noticed half way through the process that ...
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Will bitterness from a flameout coffee addition fade with age?

I recently brewed an Imperial Stout with some coffee additions. While I didn't boil the coffee for long (warm steeped 3oz beans and pitched grounds and two cups of brew at flameout), it did lend some ...
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Any way to rescue an overly bitter beer?

My latest batch of IPA has come out really unpleasantly bitter, it was only supposed to be about 45 IBUs, using a combination of Northdown, Target and Bobek for bittering (60 minutes) and some more ...
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My first homebrew has a very low alcohol content

I just finished my first homebrew (yay!), but my hydrometer is reading a very low alcohol content. I brewed an Edme bitter (pre-made wort and I bought the malt extract) and it tastes great, but it's ...
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Will Dry Hopping Add Bitterness?

The prevailing wisdom seems to be that dry hopping is for aroma only, and effects on flavor are assumed to be a matter of perception. (i.e. smell affects taste) However, while attempting to "fix" a ...
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Modifying flavors during bottling?

Almost two weeks since brew day, hydrometer with the same reading everyday so I guess Sunday will be the bottling day. I've tried a bit of the beer after taking out some for measurement purposes. ...
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Hop burst technique & bitterness calculation

A friend asked me the other day what the "hop burst" technique was and how to calculate the amount of hops required in a recipe. I made some vague statements about late addition of hops and left it at ...
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How much hop bitterness dissipates with time?

I am planning to age a big Russian Imperial Stout for about a year. I understand that during this time, the bitterness imparted by the hops will dissipate. If I want to maintain a balance, I'll ...
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Final Gravity A Little Off

I am at day 12 of my first brew from a True Brew Belgian Ale. I checked the gravity at day 6 (the kit said I could be ready to bottle after 7 days even though everyone says let it go for a few weeks)....
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Effect of boil size on IBUs

I have the following recipe on beercalculus: http://hopville.com/recipe/551364/belgian-pale-ale-recipes/wedding-belgian-ipa-2011-03-06-version beercalculus (along with most IBU calculators), ask for ...
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Not using bittering hops

Has anyone brewed without using any bittering hops? Are there any consequences to doing this? Edit: I ask because I want to brew a style that's not normally very bitter (weizen), but give it a ...
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Tasting my uncarbonated beer: Bitter.

OK, so I'm now bottling my first batch. I opened the primary fermenter (did not use a secondary) and I've racked the beer to the bottling container. It smells hoppy and delicious. I'm pleased. I ...
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IBU rate of Sierra Nevada's “torpedo”?

I am preparing to start a season of working up a solid, reasonably priced All grain American Ale on the brink of a high gravity beer. Sierra Nevada's Torpedo balances sweet malt nicely against a hop ...
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Using hops after fermentation

Let's say you have already put your beer into your fermenter and you decide its taste is not hoppy enough. So you start out to add some more hops into it. One way to dry hop, but I will not expand ...
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Columbus and Centennial hops

How do Columbus and Centential hops differ? I have used them both in the past and usually in combination. But I may purchase one over the other in bulk soon. Which one of these comes out less harsh ...
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Partial vs. Full Volume Wort Boil

The starting position for most new extract brewers is to use a partial boil set up. Defined as using a pot smaller than the intended batch size, all the ingredients are boiled in a smaller volume. ...
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First Wort Hopping (or FWH)

What is First Wort Hopping (FWH) and how best can it be replicated in extract brewing?
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Alpha acids vs. beta acids in aging?

Can someone explain the difference in hop bitterness between alpha acids in my wort vs. beta acids bittering during aging? And is it predictable enough to plan for in recipe formulation?