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Ruddager

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My latest amber ale is a bit weird in a way that is starting to seem common among my extract based brews (ie. un-hopped malt, 10L boil, big mess to clean up). The problem seems to be that I can't tell if they are too sweet or too bitter. There's this kind of taste separation thing happening, where I seem to taste each aspect individually instead of them striking an overall balance. It's almost like it's somehow simultaneously too sweet and too bitter! I should add that it's still quite young, but again it seems to happen to my extract brews. Pre-hopped cans have never exhibited this characteristic.

What's the deal?
 

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Are you talking about the taste after fermenting and conditioning? Or the taste post boil/pre-fermentation?
 

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After fermenting and about three weeks in the bottle
 

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What's the recipe?

Generally something you'd need to work out for yourself (how your brew tastes to you) but knowledge of the recipe might indicate whether the brew is balanced or not.
 

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1.5kg Coopers Amber LME
1.5kg Briess Pilsen LME
0.5kg Light DME
250g Caramunich
25g Choc malt
25g Nelson @40
10g Cascade @25
15g Cascade @15
15g Cascade @5
10g Cascade Dry Hopped
US05 yeast
10L boil
23L total
 

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