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What uses do hops have outside of brewing?

Do hops have (or had in the past) any use outside of brewing beer? I mean: In the question of dating first modern beers we have the first record of cultivating hops predating the first record of use ...
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Does a frosted glass cause any significant dilution of the beer it holds?

I've always been a fan of "the colder the better". I enjoy using a glass that has been placed in the freezer. Obviously, in this scenario, there's frozen condensation on it, but is this enough to ...
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How is Light Beer produced?

I was talking to an American friend the other day and he told me they had something called "light" beer. This was to be a light product just as you would find for instance for Coca-Cola or other soda ...
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Is there any way that I can discern the IBU of a beer if the bewer doesn't provide that information?

Some brewers are awesome and kind enough to place information like the ABV, IBU, and even SRM right on the label of any beer they distribute. This is rad, because (in theory), it means I know exactly ...
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What are the effects of draught beer pushing medium on beer's taste and quality?

For pushing of beer out of a keg to the line and faucet various media could be used. Usually they are gases which come into a direct contact with the beer like: carbon dioxide, nitrogen, carbon ...
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Popularity of tank beer

In Czech Republic pubs with tank beer are pretty common and popular. There in many pubs and restaurants the beer is not stored in mobile casks or kegs but in much larger stationary tanks. Here is ...
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How does boil time directly affect ABV% & IBU?

Dogfish Head makes IPAs called "60 Minute", "90 Minute", and "120 Minute". According to Wikipedia: Their names refer to the length of the boil time of the wort in which the hops are continuously ...
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What exactly is a Cicerone? What do they do?

Recently I've started seeing references to the term 'Cicerone' pop up around the internet; generally, they are described as a 'Beer Sommelier' and the subject is left at that. I'd like to understand ...
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Crash course to serving keg beer

I was at a picnic where someone brought us a keg of beer. They left the keg, the tap, and bid us to have fun and left. And there we stood, baffled how to get this to work. Someone figured something ...
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What is the science behind the Widget?

I know the actual result of the Widget, a fine, rich froth. I know the basic mechanism, pressurized gas escaping when the whole can depressurizes, and pushing the beer out from the widget. I still don'...
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What's the difference between normal and Christmas beer?

What's the difference between normal and Christmas beer? What makes them special?
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Why can't bars sell their in house brewed beers?

We've got this local bar that brews their own beer but when I tried to buy a bottle to take home they said they were only allowed to serve the in house beer, not sell it. If the state of Florida ...
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Why should beer be kept in the fridge?

Beer is usually found in fridges in shops and supermarkets. At home, you would store it in the fridge as well before drinking. On the other hand, many liquor shops have stacks of beer cans outside ...
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What is being doubled or tripled in a doublebock/triple bock?

Some beers are classed as "doublebock" and some as "triple bock". Doubles seem to be a little stronger (higher APV) than average and triples seem to be stronger than that, but is that they definition ...
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What's the benefit of cap *and* cork?

Some beers, like Lindemann's lambics, come in a bottle that resembles a champaigne bottle (but smaller), with a cork -- and a bottlecap. What does the cap add to this? Why is it there? (By "...
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How do I build a beer room/cellar?

I've got an extra room in my house that I was thinking of turning into a "beer cellar", or as much of a cellar as an above ground room can be. I don't have a problem with the actual construction, but ...
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How to avoid keg foam?

When using a keg setup at home, either with a hand pump or a pressurized system, I keep getting a lot of foam after changing and/or pumping up the air pressure (In a hand system). This appears to me ...
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How do you pour the perfect beer [closed]

How do you make a perfect pour from a bottle, given a typical non-widget, non-bottle-conditioned beer? Is there a special technique used to make a nice foam collar (not too much, not too few)?
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What steps in the brewing process affect alcohol levels?

Why do some beers have high alcohol levels and some have low ones? Is the alcohol content something that can be changed for any specific brew, and the brewer sets it at a specific level on purpose? Or ...
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Does beer really go bad after the 'best before'-date?

Does beer really go bad after the 'best before'-date? I hear I can drink beer even after the expiration date, but is it safe and does it still taste good?
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Does the choice of bottle cap or stopper make a difference?

Does the choice of bottle cap design have any effect on the beer itself? With the primary goal being to keep the beer pressurized and prevent exposure, how do the different stoppers stack up against ...
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What temperature is ideal to store my beer?

What temperature is ideal to store my beer? Is there a difference depending on the beer type?
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How do I categorize Orval?

Orval has a very distinct taste, but I'm not quite sure how I should categorize it?
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Can the social perception of beer be changed? [closed]

You see it in advertising all the time, wine and high quality spirits are the cultured, immaculately dressed set with the pearls and expensive cars in the "high class", expensive settings, and beer is ...
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What are the major beer competitions and how do you enter? [closed]

In the advertising, you see certain beers saying that they have been awarded gold medals at various competitions, or other accolades earned. Is there a list of what are considered to be the major ...
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How is Lambic fruit beer traditionally made?

There are a few fruit beers around how are these traditionally made? I know they are all Lambics, but how are they made exactly?
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What's the difference between normal beer and trappist?

What's the difference between normal beer and trappist? Is there any difference in flavour or brewing style?
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What ingredients are used to make beer?

I know that it's typically what? yeast, hops, malted barley and water, but sometimes beer is made with other things, (eg wheat). What are some of the more typical alternative ingredients, and style ...
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What is “gruit?” Why aren't there many beers on the market containing it?

I have heard of something called 'gruit' which seems to sometimes be used in brewing beer. What is it? Why are there very few beers on the market containing gruit? What are some of the more popular ...
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How do popular Polish beers fit into the “periodic table of beers”?

In Poland, outside of imports, microbreweries, and various less popular varieties, about all mainstream brands come in two classes: Piwo Jasne ('light beer') Piwo Mocne ('strong beer') The two ...
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Optimal mulling temperature?

Taste-wise, at least in my opinion, the hotter the mulled beer the better. Except past certain point the alcohol starts evaporating so quickly you end up losing most of it before you start drinking. ...
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What is a draft beer?

What constitutes a draft beer, and how different is it? I see this term plastered on beer cans, but I have no idea what it means, or how it affects the beer's taste.
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What would a good beer to have with very salty food like caviar be?

What beer would pair good with the food like caviar? I'm thinking about food which is salty, has a very strong flavor, but not spicy.
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Do different beers have a different 'buzz'?

Often with spirits people say that different spirits have different effects, eg bourbon makes people angry or trouble making, gin makes people emotional, tequilla makes people crazy, etc. Though ...
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Can you order beers by strength of flavour? [closed]

I imagine the might would look something like: Pale Lager Generic lager. Pilsner Pale Ale (Which style?) Imperial Pale Ale Stout Of course, I'm not a full on beer aficionado, I don't ...
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If you are having a beer tasting, what is a good way to clear the palate?

When you are having a wine tasting event, it's customary to clear the palate with water and possibly plain crackers or baguettes. Is it the same concept for a beer tasting where you are serving ...
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What's a good beer to go with lasagna?

What beer sort would pair good with lasagna, and other sorts of food with high tomato content? What makes the taste of that beer compose good with the taste of lasagna/tomatoes?
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What's a good beer to have with curry?

This question might still be too broad, as there are different styles of curry. But let's say a lamb korma. Would it the spicyness change the selection? - Ie a tasty, but not spicy curry, vs a burn ...
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Why do some beers smell like cannabis?

In my experience, some beers smell like cannabis. Stella Artios is a distinctive example. What causes this? - Is it due to a type of hop, or a style?
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Whats a good beer to have with steak and mashed potatoes?

What type of beer goes well with hearty, 'British' style dinners? What characteristics should I look for?
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Is there something special about Corona that makes it suitable for adding a slice of lime?

Corona, and some other beers, tend to go well with a slice of lemon inside. Is there something particular about the style of beer, or is this a marketing thing?
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Does the climate and growing conditions of hops effect the taste of a beer, like with wine?

You will often hear wine discussed in terms of the climate, soil, etc of the vineyard. The terms 'new world' and 'old world' wines are common. Is there a similar concept for the hops used in beer? A ...
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Why don't any Arizona craft breweries export their beer?

Why don't any Arizona craft breweries export beers out of state? Is it a legal restriction, a private agreement, or just a market force?
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Dry hopping versus regular hopping

What's the difference between dry hopping and regular hopping, and both in terms of production process and taste? I think I'm starting to get an idea of what a dry-hopped beer tastes like, but I'm not ...
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Why would one choose to use Nitro vs CO2 as a beer gas?

Some beers have taste different on Nitro vs CO2. I'm sure there is science behind this. Why choose one over the other?
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How long does it take for beer to become untasty? [closed]

I cannot drink beer fast. So when I opened a bottle or can or poured my beer into a glass, it starts to became warm and untasty with time. When I am out, or in a bar, I cannot really keep it cold. At ...
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What characteristics are used to distinguish styles of beer from each other? [closed]

There are many styles of beer. It's straightforward to discuss the differences between two types of beer, but what are the characteristics used to distinguish between styles of beer? For each general ...
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How can one pasteurize beer at home? [closed]

Pasteurizing is a common task at industrial brewers. But in a home brewing context following questions arises: Is it feasible to pasteurize in the kitchen? Which equipment is necessary to do it? What ...
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Why does a nitro beer taste different? [duplicate]

Why does a draught beer with a nitrogen taste different from a draught beer with a primarily carbon dioxide carbonation?
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What styles of beer can you age? [duplicate]

I know friends who have "aged" beers to around the 1 year mark. Typically I've heard of stouts and porters aging well. Is the aging style related? If so, what styles can you age and for how long?

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