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Why does my cream ale taste like a witbier?

Imagine my surprise when I opened a bottle of my cream ale and found that it had picked up a clove-y flavor reminiscent of a wheat beer. It's not even presented as a risk in the BJCP guidelines for ...
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What solution of hard alcohol is sufficient to sanitize and infuse something for addition to a fermenting beer?

Context: I'm brewing into small, split batches lately to test the effects of various additives. I've got some true cinnamon bark and cacao nibs which I am planning on crushing up, letting steep in ...
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What kind of malt will add a molasses flavor?

I recall tasting a beer a couple years back that, from the first sip, screamed "molasses". I'd like to impart some of that flavor into a brew I'm concocting, but wasn't sure exactly where to aim. I ...
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WLP001 v. WLP051

WhiteLabs provides these two great American Ale yeast strains (among others). WLP051 (California Ale V yeast) and WLP001 (California Ale Yeast) What are the differences in these two strains and what ...
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Cocoa Nibs for Chocolate Flavorings

What is the best way to use cocoa nibs? Do you crush them, crack them leave them whole? Steep and remove pre-boil, leave in boil, add at flameout? Add them only during secondary? How long?
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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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Munich and Vienna Malts - Dullness

I don't have a whole lot of experience (I've been brewing all-grain for less than a year) but I've found that every beer I've made with Munich or Vienna malt (usually 2 - 4 pounds in a 6-gallon batch) ...
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Rauchbier smoke source

What is the difference between using a nice smoked malt vs. maybe using some liquid smoke for making Rauchbier? Can you detect the difference in complexity? Is smoked fruit woods (apple, cherry) ...
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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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Does filtering beer strip flavor, aroma and/or color?

In the quest for super clear beer (and increase shelf stability) some brewers like to filter their beer. What impact does it have on flavor, aroma and color? Which aspects of flavor (hops only, malt ...
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When is it the optimal time to add flavoring?

I purchased a bottle of raspberry flavoring from a home brew store for a Lambic brew that is still in secondary. I don't believe the flavoring has any fermentables in it. Should this flavoring be ...
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Secondary flavoring of a stout using chocolate and coffee, how much to use?

I am brewing an Imperial Stout (OG 1.081) and it is in primary now. I want to rack to secondary in one gallon jugs and want to flavor each differently. I have read through the coffee posts on here but ...
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What could cause an earthy flavour in beer?

I've just tried the first bottle from a batch of APA I brewed and it has a very distinct (and unpleasant) earthy / peaty flavour. Reminiscent of healthy soil. The beer also finishes with a very ...
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What flavor does rye impart to beer?

Can someone describe the flavor that beer made partly with rye adds to beer?
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Melanoidins in beer

Where do melanoidins come from in beer? What characteristics do they bring to beer?
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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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Quantifying the level of hoppiness in a beer

Does anyone know of some sort of measurement for the hoppiness of a beer? Late hop additions don't add much to the bitterness (IBUs) but they can add tons of hop flavor. Is there some way to ...
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Maintaining Optimal Flavor in a Brown Ale

I've brewed a lot of Brown Ales, and one thing I have noticed from batch to batch is fairly swift flavor degradation. The beer will taste excellent after two weeks of conditioning. I'll be able to ...
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Chemical characteristics of taste

I know this is probably a quirky question for this forum, but here goes. I'm getting into home brewing, and today I stumbled a cross the website for American Society for Brewing Chemists (ASBC) ...
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Opinions on base malt: Prairie Malt from Biggar, Sask.

I'm wondering if any of you have any opinions on a base malt called "Prairie Malt", made by Prairie Malt Limited of Biggar, Saskatchewan (Canada). There's something in the flavor of some of my beers ...
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Why did my Oktoberfest turn out so light?

I recently did my first batch of beer: Oktoberfest (True Brew kit). Brewed up the wort, fermented and bottled to a T. When it came time to open I was immediately encouraged by great aroma, great ...
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Kettle lid with hole in it

I always boil with the lid off my kettles (2 pots). But I've been thinking lately about the design of commercial kettles. It seems that to more closely match a commercial boil, I should put about a ...
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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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Adding flavour to standard kit

Looking for some advice, I have been home brewing from kits for a couple of years and really enjoy the hobby. I have experimented with various sugar's to alter the taste and would now like to move on. ...
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Salty flavor in beer?

Recently, I've noticed a slight salty taste in a few beers. It's generally toward the end of the glass, and it's generally when I'm dehydrated. It's happened with Long Trail Ale and Stone Arrogant ...
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Licorice flavor Beer

I'm thinking about making beer with Licorice flavor as I like the taste of Licorice. I'm thinking some dark beer would be a good candidate a Stout maybe or some ale. I'm thinking some black Licorice ...
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Juniper berries for brewing pale ales

I love the aroma of Juniper and want to feature it in my next pale ale. I'm currently extract/kit brewing, and I had a few questions about how to go about this: I read some tips about adding to ...
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Questions about adding vanilla

I'm on my third brew. Midwest brewing irish red in bottles Midwest brewing brown nut ale in secondary Just bought Brewers Best milk stout. I pretty much wanted to be a little creative without ...
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Does your beer have a “house” flavor?

I identify "house" flavor as a similar flavor that carries across several different styles of beer from the same brewery. What parts of the brewing process or ingredients lend to "house" flavor the ...
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Hazelnut Brown Ale - What extract?

I am looking to brew a hazelnut brown ale. What brands of hazelnut extract are the best tasting? My lhbs does not carry one. Ideally im looking for a brand that closely resembles the real thing.
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What characteristics would agave nectar add to a wort?

I was thinking about adding agave nectar to my wort as an adjunct sugar, with the intent to add some tequila-like flavor. Does anyone have any experience with brewing with agave nectar and the flavors ...
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Slow temperature rising vs equivalent fluctuations

I've read a few accounts of brewers using slow temperature increments to bring out particular flavours from the yeast that they're using. For example, stepping up 1C or so every day over a few days. ...
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What bourbons work well for flavoring beer?

Background: I am a large fan of bourbon flavored beers and have flavored a number of my homebrews with various bourbons with a wide range of results. Question: What bourbons/whiskies result in a ...
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CaraBohemian malt

I just got back from a trip to the brew shop to get some stuff. They had a couple new malts I haven't heard of before. One was this CaraBohemia malt. It had an SRM of around 70L and was described ...
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What's the best technique to add chamomile?

I've made a Witbier with tangerine peel and coriander. Though Randy Mosher's Radical Brewing suggests chamomile as a good "secret ingredient" for Witbiers, I didn't have any on hand when brewing, so i ...
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Apricot ale alternative?

I have the following recipe in my primary fermenter and had planned on making an apricot ale. I have since realized that apricots are far out of season and my two apricot alternatives are A) make a ...
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overheated the mash by a long shot

I asked before and got some help and have done some reading since. The temp in my mash jumped from 175 to about 195 after I put the lid back on. How much damage did I do? Some things I've read since ...
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Make a kit brew better?

I was given a coopers real ale kit of two cans and have never actually brewwed a full kit before. I was wondering if and how i might make this turn out a bit better, maybe by adding hops to a partial ...
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What are your favorite additives?

What's your favorite thing you add to your brew? chocolate fruit spices etc. I'm mostly interested in additives combined after primary fermentation, but flavors from any stage would be ...