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Tea-like aroma in my beer

Last week, I decided to make a simple pale ale. I wanted something fairly light, not too bitter, and with a hint of caramel. I had some CTZ and Simcoe hops in the freezer so I wanted to use those in ...
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Which hops should I use (and how should I use them) for bittering without aroma or flavour?

Looks like I've got a spare day tomorrow so I thought I'd get an AG brew on the go. What I've been wanting to do for a little while is brew a fairly plain, 1-dimensional 5 gallon test brew, and when ...
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Little hop aroma in first batch

So... I just enjoyed my fist bottle of my first batch of home brew, and overall it was a success. I know the saying is "pour your first batch down the drain!", but my first batch will certainly give ...
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What does skunked beer taste like, How would you describe skunked beer?

I'm aware of what skunking is and how it occurs (Skunking Beer Process). But what does it taste/smell like? Are we talking a smell/taste like the plant or the animal? :D Also I rather not ruin a beer ...
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Beer aroma during fermentation

I am in the middle of fermentation on my first batch of homebrew, it's a Double IPA from Brewer's best. During my boil, I added Columbus hops at the start and after 45 minutes, in addition to some ...
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Need a non-alcohol brew without the sacrifices. (besides the obvious)

I brewed a pomander inspired wit beer for the holidays. It is currently in primary. Since my wife just had gall badder surgery, she is avoiding alcohol for a little while and asked if I could brew her ...
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Off flavor/odor from cold break

On page 63 of Brewing Better Beer, Gordon Strong says, Some of the cold break material can actually help the yeast, but too much can contribute off-flavors. I can attest to both of these. A ...
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Should I dump a batch with rubber smell?

I have in bottles a batch smelling like chemicals or rubber. I'm thinking keep it a while, and check if the smell fade out. Is this possible? Or I'm just wasting my time with this batch? As side ...
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Why does my witbier stink?

I've searched far and wide and can't find a good answer. Seems to be a lot of talk about the sulphur smell I noticed during fermentation, but this is a bit different. Brewed this masterpiece up and ...
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How to train my nose for hop aromas?

I oftes see videos where people describe (what I believe is hop-related aroma) with words like spicy, floral, citrusy, etc., but for me it is very hard to get (and to tell apart) any of this. So what ...
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Aroma and flavor

Maybe it is just because I am not a native Wnglish speaker, but I do not exactly know the meaning of those two words. What do aroma and flavor mean, what do they refer to and what is the difference ...
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Are German Merkur or Herkules hops noble enough to sub in a Pilsener?

On an impulse last week I picked up some German Merkur and Herkules hops from the LHBS to use as flavoring and aroma hops in a pilsner, because I thought they might be an interesting twist. But now ...
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Why does my frozen wort smell like black currants?

I'm in the habit of freezing extra wort and using it for yeast starters. After I've racked the clean, cold wort from the kettle into the primary fermenter, I'm left with trub, hops, and wort in the ...
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How can tobacco be used in beer?

I've had a couple of tasty rauchbiers lately, and got thinking about whether it would be possible to get the aroma of a cigar into a similar beer. As a user, I don't mind getting nicotine into the ...
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Increasing Malt Aroma

How does one get more malt aroma out of a recipe? If I want more roasty aroma I know I can add more roasted malt. But eventually, there is appoint where I can't have too much or the recipe itself ...
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Strong Sulfur from WLP 351 - how to clear it up quickly?

Does anyone have any tips for helping a beer clear out sulfur faster? - I made a straight Hefe (half wheat, half 2-Row) and use White Labs seasonal "Bavarian Hefe" yeast, WLP351. The beer was made ...
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light sources and skunking beer

Do normal incandescent lights cause skunking?
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help: Beer smells bad

This is my 4th batch (I'm new), but first Belgian ale. Kit from here: http://www.midwestsupplies.com/flat-tire.html I also did another batch at the same time (different kit) and it seems fine and ...
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How can I maximize dry hops aroma?

I recently made an IPA. I put an ounce of Cascade pellets in the secondary (for a 23-litre [6-U.S.-gallon] batch), but there is hardly any hops aroma in the finished product. By the end of the two ...
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Rotten eggs aroma from fermenting beer

my Vienna Lager apparently finished fermentation, I took some beer to measure the FG and I perceived a strong rotten eggs aroma coming from beer, I know it's common with some yeasts. The question I ...
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What hop should I use to get Fuller's IPA hop taste and aroma?

I'm just a beginner brewer, I have done just 5 batches of all-grain beer, some Hefe-Weizens, APA and an Irish Red Ale. For my next all-grain beer I would like to make an IPA recipe. But the two best ...
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What is a hopback?

How do you use it? What does it do? Do you pass finished wort through it hot or cold?
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Is a sweet aroma normal?

On last sunday I made an all-grain APA with an alternative equipment, trying to reduce space, so I used my fermentation bucket as a mash tun with a bazooka screen on the tap to filter the mash, but ...
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Weed Aroma/Flavor?

I have noticed in some beers, (nugget nectar, dbl. trouble, founders harvest and sublimely self-rightous ale in particular) an aroma/flavor of marijuana. I think Columbus/Tomohawk hops have somthing ...
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Using nuts for beer aroma

I'm planning to brew an scottish heavy ale, and I wanted to give it a little different aroma using hazelnuts (other stuff too, but I want hazelnuts to be the main aroma). How do you suggest i use ...
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Why smell before tasting ?

I know Im going to catch some hell for asking this but here goes... Why does everyone insist on smelling a beer before tasting it ? To me, I dont want any preconceived notions about what it may or ...
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Why does my beer smell like bananas?

The Imperial Stout I recently bottled, smells a little fruity, and has a strong tart taste up front. Is this something I should be patient with, as it may go change? And, how'd it happen?