Questions tagged [flavor]

Flavor controls taste - one of the main human senses.

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Why do my fresh fruit wine's finish with no body or flavor

I've asked this question before and tried the only suggestion I received. My last batch of strawberry/peach was only marginally better by freezing the fruit prior to brewing. I do better using ...
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How can I use artificial flavors when making homemade hard seltzer?

I have some expreience in home brewing but I want to try something different this time. I want to make hard seltzer by fermantation. There are some recipes over the internet but I could not find any ...
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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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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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Adding Additional Pumpkin To My Porter

I'm brewing a extract Pumpkin Porter kit and just transferred from primary to secondary. I tasted it and I could taste the spices but was wondering if it was too late to pumpkin it up a little. Could ...
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What makes a cider/wine turn watery after a few months?

I made a cider with the below recipie and I have noticed that as it ages it is starting to get a watery taste. What would cause this? The bottles are stored out of sunlight and are never moved till I ...
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Any way to rescue an overly bitter beer?

My latest batch of IPA has come out really unpleasantly bitter, it was only supposed to be about 45 IBUs, using a combination of Northdown, Target and Bobek for bittering (60 minutes) and some more ...
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Microbial interactions: biotransformations and food/drink science

I am looking for a good, in-depth source on biotransformations (think food science). For example, fermenting black tea and sugar with wild yeast and bacteria (kombucha): Wild yeast ferment sucrose ...
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After I eat some foods beer tastes weird?

I'm an obsessive home brewer. So I'm always trying to critically evaluate the flavour of beers I make with a view to constantly improving their quality. In particular I am searching for off-flavours, ...
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Why do my spice flavors disappear when my beer is chilled?

I recently brewed a second batch of Christmas ale, which was spiced with cinnamon, ginger, clove and nutmeg. I put a bottle in the fridge last night and tried it, but only a small amount of spice came ...
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Sour beer over herbed with Basil

Just brewed a sour with Basil thrown in at flameout. Now 6 weeks into the fermenter with WLP648 there's not much sourness and a bit (overwhelming) flavour of Basil. I was wondering what my options ...
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Storage Temperature

My primary fermentation and bottle conditioning temperatures are well controlled in a brewing fridge. Once bottles are conditioned / carbonation cycle complete I move them to crates which I store in ...
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Using fresh fruit for wine

I've recently been attempting to use fresh fruit to flavor my wines and have had disastrous results. The recipes I've found and copied all say to remove the fruit from the must after around 7 days and ...
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preparing fruit for secondary

What is the best method for preparing different fruits for fruit additions into secondary fermentors? There are issues of sanitation and good fruit to wort contact, via chopping, slicing, mincing or ...
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Blending different apple varieties for hard cider (uk)

Has anybody experimented with blending different varieties of apple for "hard cider"? Locally I have an apple variety called "Blenheim Orange" and also an unidentified cider apple. Using just the ...
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How do I use Honey Malt?

I hope this isn't too stupid a question. (I am a "noob") I wanted to experiment with some additional flavourings in my latest brew, and was pondering using Honey Malt, such as this. But can someone ...
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Adding extra ingredients/flavouring: what stage should I add?

I am stil fairly new to homebrewing; on my third batch of real ale now, and I wanted to experiment with adding a few extra things to my brew: some elderflowers, and miscellaneous herbs. My idea was ...
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What is a good time frame for aging cider/apple wine?

I am planning on tasting my cider in the fall (6 months from pitching yeast) and seeing how the flavor is then. How much would the flavors improve aging for a year? 2 year? 5? 10? At what point ...
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How does chilling my wort slowly affect the taste of my beer?

When I started brewing I used a plate chiller to chill my wort. I didn't like the process, and now I add cold water after the whirlpool and to get the wort down the last 10°C I put into my ...
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Adding fruit to beer

I'd like to give orange flavor and smell to my batch. When do you think is the best time to add it? Is it best to add orange while the wort is boiling or add it to primary fermentation? Thank you for ...
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What hops provide the guava-like taste of some IPAs?

IPAs like Bear Republic's Racer 5 and Coronado Brewing Company's Islander IPA have a distinct guava-like scent and flavor character. Is there a particular variety of hops that produces this, or is it ...
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How to improve my homemade Hooch

I've been making home hooch for about a year now. I put lots of sugar, let it get almost hot, add a good amount of yeast and wait. I put it in 5 liter plastic jugs with the cover not screwed on. ...
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Kegging an 11% stout

Stupid question...but I am making an 11% stout with bourbon oak added. I have never kegged anything higher than a 7% so not sure what to expect. Will the higher abv allow it to last longer in the ...
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Why do all my beers taste better after having aged for a couple months?

My impression is that ales are typically best drunk within a couple weeks of brew day. It's my experience that letting them age in the bottles for 2-3 months yields the best beer, both improving body, ...
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What are the most citrusy hops?

Which hops do you guys find are the most citrusy? I'm looking to create a super-citrusy IPA, and have limited experience with most hops.
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Belgian funk taste

Have made a couple of beers with Belle Saison yeast and have seen a couple of posts about this and other belgian yeast producing funky flavor. After having tasted my own beer I have to agree, there is ...
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Beer way too bitter. What should I do?

When I planned my last batch (my 4th, so I'm pretty inexperienced) using Beersmith for a single hop IPA, I realised that the IBU I got from the recipe was way to low. So I adjusted the recipe and ...
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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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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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Adding Vanilla Extract?

I have a black stout fermenting right now. I added about 8oz of cacao powder in the boil and I'd like to add some vanilla extract, to taste. Can this be done before bottling? Should this have been ...
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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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How necessary are specialty malts in an extract brew?

I'm planning on doing some SMaSH beers; mainly so that I can get more used to the characteristics of the various hop varieties; and also maybe keep the cost down a bit while I'm experimenting. Up to ...
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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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Why is lemon zest undetectable in my beer?

I brewed a saison and added lemon zest for the last five minutes of the boil. At the time, it seemed like a lot of lemon zest, but I was following a recipe. The beer was in primary for a week, ...
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Hop Bags, What are the Advantages?

So I am sort of new at this. I ordered some hop bags as an add on item but have not yet used them. In the past I always dropped my hop pellets right into the boiling wort. But I plan to make a ...
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Grape-like flavors in beer

A local brewery has a Scottish ale that I love which had a really interesting, though subtle, grape flavor (somewhere between Concord grape and artificial grape). I'm fairly certain I've noticed the ...
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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 I'...
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Off Flavors in all of my Homebrewing attempts

I'm pretty new to the homebrewing world, and so far I've done three 5 gallon batches. The first was a prebuilt kit (Pale Ale), the second was a recipe I concocted (IPA), and the third was a recipe I ...
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How to Get Grape Jelly Flavor in Porter?

Brewed an All Grain Peanut Butter Porter using Pb2 and I am looking to get some grape jelly flavor in there. I used east Kent Goldings at 60, and that was it with a Belgian Ale yeast. Couldn't ...
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What influences the finishing taste in your beer?

The beers that I tend to really like have that pleasant finishing taste before the after taste. What influences a beer's finish? I'd like to take some styles that I like that leave a little bit to ...
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Boosting a recipe for longer shelf life

I made a lot of beers last summer, and I realize that I made more than I could/would drink. Some (if not most) of my beers don't age well (at basement temperature of 18°C), although they were great ...
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Peaches in Cider

I have about 8 jars of peaches in light syrup I bought from Costco. I want to add these to a 5 gallon batch of Cider. I'm going to a peach cobbler flavored cider. I'm also planning on adding brown ...
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Flat, weak finish to my homebrew. Sign of it being young?

I bottled my homebrew a week ago - TrueBrew Bavarian Hefeweizen. Yesterday I popped a bottle to make sure it was carbonating, and for a sneak preview. I was pleasantly surprised with the aroma and ...
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Triple Fermented?? But Why?

Some beers claim to be triple fermented, meaning that after primary fermentation, more fermentables are added at the start of secondary, and then the brew is bottle-conditioned, resulting in three ...
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Adding flavouring to fermented cider

I have almost finished the first fermentation of my 2nd cider kit, I took a SG reading yesterday and it comes in around 7% (1.064 > 10.11). While I have no problem with it being strong, this and the ...
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Adding graham cracker flavor to a pumpkin ale

Has anyone had any luck/experience using graham crackers in a pumpkin ale recipe? I've seen some people using graham cracker "extract" with some luck, however, I'm referring to using actual graham ...
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Using Multiple Strains of Yeast in the Same Batch?

I've been thinking about this recently, so I figured I'd ask it here. Is there any reason you couldn't use two strains of yeast in the same batch of beer? For a particularly high gravity amber ale, ...
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Maximizing fruitiness from WLP002

I am looking to reproduce an incredible fruity aroma and flavour from a recipe I made a year ago. Looking at the recipe I am guessing it may be from the yeast. 3lb 2row 1lb Rye .13oz nugget @ 60 min ...
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At what point in fermentation does temperature no longer influence flavour?

I often read about ramping up the temperature to increase yeast activity and attenuation towards the end of fermentation. I used to have some really funky tasting brews before I started strict ...
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My beer has little to no hop flavour or bitterness. What is going wrong?

Extract brew. 23L boil. Summit - 60 min boil approx. 125g, Glacier - 30 min boil, approx. 75g, NZ Wakatu - 15 min boil, approx. 50g. All fresh hops, vacuum sealed. 3kg liquid malt extract added ...