Not long ago I brewed my very first batch of homebrew. It was the IPA extract plus specialty grains kit from Northern Brewer. I read several books on homebrewing and found a great deal of information online to hopefully ensure that my first batch would be successful… good lord it was anything BUT.
The beer is BITTER. No, not like “India Pale Ale is characteristically bitter”, more like “Battery acid is characteristically bitter”. I’ve read several different takes on why this could happen on this forum and others but nothing seems to really quite fit the bill. The most common I hear are infection and overcarbonation (I kegged my beer). Correct me if I’m wrong, but if it were infection shouldn’t I have more offputting flavors than just bitterness? I should clarify that this beer is delicious up front. It reminds me of Dogfish Head’s 60 minute. However on the back end there is a strong bitterness that sticks to the back of your jaw for several minutes.
For overcarbonation, I understand that (again, correct me if I’m wrong) that 11 psi is for from overcarbonating. Still, due diligence suggested that I degas the brew and see if the problem was carbonic acid but this didn’t seem to help. Any ideas?