Topic: Beer Evaluation

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Troubleshooting A Recipe

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Nice description of the character in your beer you don’t like. Before getting into an answer, I want to comment on how important good descriptions are when attempting to problem solve. Aromas and flavors are very often challenging to describe because we don’t perceive flavor and aroma as individual signals like an analytical instrument with

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Tasting Glory: Start your sensory program today

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Sensory testing should be put in place on day one of starting to brew commercially. Explore ways to establish and maintain a sensory program in your brewery.


Beer Evaluation: Tips from the Pros

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Experts from the Beer Judge Certification Program and
Cicerone program share how homebrewers can improve their beer evaluation skills and how it will help their brewing.

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Triangle Testing: Trying to find the significance

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So you’ve made a tweak to your recipe . . . but how do you know if it accomplished what you were looking for? Well, you need to perform a sensory analysis and triangle testing is the perfect tool. Learn how to run them properly.

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Training Your Palate – Beer Sensory

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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 flavor training. When a color is explained to sighted people, a color swatch is shown along with a name. End of story. Pretty

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Avoiding Off-Flavors

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Last September I published an article in BYO on troubleshooting off-flavors, where I covered about half of the flavor faults that can occur in beer. In this article I’m going to cover


Getting Judging Feedback on your Homebrew: Tips from the Pros

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Judge: Annie Johnson,  nationally ranked BJCP judge in Seattle, WA The two most common reasons brewers send off some of their precious homebrew to competitions is for the judging notes and for the bragging rights. Whatever side of that reasoning you fall on, or if it’s somewhere in the middle, having trained judges critically analyze

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How Good is Your Homebrew? Get the Best Feedback on your Beer

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How good is your homebrew? How would you know? Some homebrewers just want to know if they’re truly making good beer, and how to improve it. Others would like to know how their brews stack up against some sort of average. In this article we’ll examine some ways to approach answering these questions, including the

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Judging Off Flavors

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Beer is cacophony of flavor. There are over 500 flavor compounds in hops alone, and the other three basic ingredients of water, grain, and yeast add many hundreds more. As we combine these ingredients in the brewing process even more flavors are created by heating, fermenting, and aging our beer. The combinations are endless. Unfortunately

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Adjusting Homebrew After Fermentation

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Brewers often commit that five-step sequence to muscle memory. After all, a strict routine is vital in maintaining a high level of control over the countless variables affecting the beermaking process and is essential for maintaining consistency. But small-batch brewing is fundamentally imperfect. No matter how strict the regimen, how fancy the controls, or how

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Homebrewing Experiments

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There is a lot of conventional wisdom in the world of homebrewing. Some of it is good and obvious (always keep things clean and sanitized), while some of it is a little murkier (can you leave beer on the trub for a few weeks instead of transferring to a secondary fermenter)? Many a debate has

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Brewer’s Thumbprint: 5 Homebrewers & 1 Recipe

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I’ve always been curious about whether or not it’s truly possible to “clone” a beer on a homebrew scale. Consider the number of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or Stone IPA clone beers you’ve sampled at club meetings that barely resemble the beer they claim to have copied. My thinking has always been that certain factors and details end

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