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Training Your Palate – Beer Sensory


Justin Parrish — Charleston, South Carolina asks,

I’ve researched a few kits to help in sensory training a brewer to recognize off-flavors in homebrew, but I’ve also heard that you can make a less expensive kit yourself for a fraction of the cost? Can you give me some tips on where to start? 

I have used kits and commercially available beers for flavor training, and they both have pros and cons. I like to use color as an example when explaining the challenges involved in
Response by Ashton Lewis.