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comment Reusable Beer Label
This was my first thought as well.
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answered Calculating Alcohol by Volume
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comment How to smoke your malts
I've never tried smoking grains, but could you put the barley in a coffee roaster and toss in some hickory?
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comment How to smoke your malts
In a hookah? :-D
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comment Is 55% ABV “beer” actually beer?
From what I understand of eisbocks, and I may be wrong about this, the beer is frozen, and then thawed. The ice that forms is never removed, but instead is reconstituted with the beer. This is different from what the BrewDog guys were doing. They actually remove the ice from the beer. I was originally asking about the process of freezing and scraping, but now I'm curious about all of the things we can do to beer and still be able to call it beer.
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comment Is 55% ABV “beer” actually beer?
Gruit is considered beer, but doesn't satisfy the M-W definition you quote since it is not flavored with hops.
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comment Is 55% ABV “beer” actually beer?
1) It has a lower limit requirement for ABV, but no upper limit requirement, and 2) it basically says "beer is whatever we collectively have consensus to call beer." The mathematician side of me cringes as the imprecision of the definition, but I understand it needs to be able to accommodate the possibility of new creations becoming beer.
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comment Is 55% ABV “beer” actually beer?
Thanks Casey. Some comments on that definition:
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comment Is 55% ABV “beer” actually beer?
My question about it being beer had less to do with the ABV than with the amount of processing it has undergone. By way of analogy, consider a tree. There are no restrictions in the definition of a tree that limit the height, number of branches, color and shape of leaves, etc. But when a tree is processed in some way (chopped down and turned it into a pile of 2x4s, falls and rots away, burns in a forest fire, etc.) we no longer call it a tree.
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comment Is 55% ABV “beer” actually beer?
The comments below generate some good discussion. Can someone provide our current working definition of beer? That should be a good place to start answering my question.