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Does milk stout actually contain lactose?

I know that lactose is used in the brewing process for milk stout, but I don't know if it remains there by the end of the brewing process. I'm very lactose intolerant, and want to know if I need to ...
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Should I get beer in bottles or in cans?

Sometimes, companies offer the same beer in bottles and in cans. Everything else being equal, should I go for the bottle or the can? I know that e.g. Guinness have their "floating widget" in their ...
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Why does Guinness have a special pouring process / bottle, while other stouts do not?

Guinness is sold in bottles and cans with special nitrogen widgets; the taps are specially rigged to have a two-step pouring process; heck, there's even a certificate given to people who learn how to "...
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Difference between Ale and Bitter

Whats the difference between a bitter and an Ale? Is it the manufacturing process or the ingredients that make these different drinks?
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Yeast beer and the gastric problems

Does drinking yeast beer (known in Germany als Hefe-Weissbier) have any potential influence on gastric problems? Yeast can become active in intestines, starting there fermentation processes and ...
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What's the difference between an “export” beer and a regular beer from the same brewer?

In the UK at least, a great many beers are marketed with a regular version and a fancier (more expensive) 'export' version. For example: Carlsberg and Carlsberg 'Export'. Is there any reason why the ...
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Impact of bottling in plastic on beer taste

Beer is commonly bottled in plastic bottles in Germany. Does drinking beer from plastic have some negative impact on beer taste? Or are the materials from which the bottles are made chosen so that ...
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How much of an impact does the water have on a beer?

How much of an impact does the water (minerals/quality/distilled) have on a beer?
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What does “all malt” mean?

Pork Slap beer indicates that it's "all malt" in the way that implies an official distinction. What does "all malt" indicate, assuming there's a standard requirement to use the term accurately.
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Beer in plastic bottles and health aspects

Are there any potential health risk connected with drinking beer from plastic PET bottles? The beer in many countries, including Germany, is widely available in plastic recyclable bottles. Does it ...
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Does chocolate stout contain real chocolate?

Various microbreweries make chocolate stout that does indeed, to varying degrees, taste of chocolate. Does it really contain chocolate, and how is chocolate used in the brewing process?
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Will temperature changes cause a beer to “skunk” or otherwise spoil?

In my fraternity days, there was a constant fear of beer (typically kegged but also bottled) getting "skunked" as a result of warming up and cooling down too many times, possibly even once. Do non-...
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At what point/percentage can beer properly “age”? [duplicate]

I recently encountered a beer that was utterly rank and had an awful aroma. I tasted a small sip, but had to toss the rest. Investigating the label on this beer, I discovered it had an expiry date of ...
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Why is it called “porter”?

Stouts are stout, Pale Ales use pale malt, but where did the name porter come from?
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Why is drinking beer after wine a bad idea?

As the well known rhyme reminds us, drinking beer after wine is a bad idea. Having made the mistake during my student years more than once and regretting it, why is it that consuming these two ...
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How do I determine the shelf life of beer?

Sometimes I buy beer more quickly than I can drink it -- a sad state of affairs, I know, but it happens. I know that some beers are best drunk within a few weeks and others can be fine for months, ...
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What glass shape is most commonly used for Saison's?

Is there a widely accepted glass shape/type for Saison's (and if so, what is it)? Is a different glass used for French Saison's vs. Belgian Saison's vs. other common Saison styles?
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Why are some beers non-vegan?

Some beers (for example, Guinness) are marked as 'not suitable for vegans'. What is in the beer such that this is the case?
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What's the difference between a porter and a stout?

Porters and stouts seem very similar and sometimes stores and restaurants group them together as if they're two different names for the same thing. Is there a difference and what is it?
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How can I prolong the life of beer in a growler?

Beer in a growler typically lasts for 24 hours or less, depending on how full the growler is, how many times it's opened over that period of time, and how efficient the seal is on the lid. Are there ...
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What does the term “imperial” represent in beer styles or names? [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand what I can assume about an "Imperial Stout" relative to a "Stout," etc. I know anecdotally that they are "heavier," but online sources seem to lack agreement on a specific ...
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What are the differences between an IPA and its variants?

I know what makes an IPA an IPA, but what are the unique characteristics of it's common variants? To be specific, the ones I'm interested in are Double IPA and Black IPA, but general differences ...
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What specific characteristics distinguish an imperial stout from other kinds of stouts?

My local growler shop regularly has a variety of stouts on tap, of which I usually pick Imperial. What, specifically, distinguishes an Imperial stout from other kinds of stouts (say a regular stout, ...
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Do different beer glass shapes really make a difference in taste?

I understand the basic distinction for wine glasses: red wine glasses are shaped to help keep some of the aroma inside the glass, whereas whites don't. But shapes for beer glasses, such as pilsner vs ...
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Can one pilsener cause a hangover when another doesn't?

I frequently hear stories about people drinking their favorite pilsener, and not liking the other brand because "they'll get a hangover when drinking that brand". Is there a truth in this?
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Why do I seem to pee out more beer than I drink?

When going out for some beers, after a while, I seem to pee more than the amount of beer I drink. Is that true, and why is that?
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Why doesn't bottled beer taste as good as draught beer?

Bottled beer is significantly different than the same label beer available on tap. How does bottled beer differ from draught beer? What is done to the bottled beer in order to prolong its shelf life ...
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What factors affect the carbonation level of beer?

Beer varies widely, and one of the most noticeable differences when drinking is the carbonation level. What factors in the composition, brewing process, storage, etc affect the final level of ...
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What is the average brewing time for craft beer?

Given craft beers, which are typically brewed without many preservatives, what is the average duration a beer must sit inside a barrel before it is ready for serving? If different types of beer ...
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Do IPAs cause worse hangovers?

I usually drink strong Belgian Ales, particularly Triples, Quads and Trappists, so I'm no stranger to strong beer. But I've noticed that I get far, far worse hangovers when drinking IPAs. Is there ...
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How do you mull beer?

It's pretty cold at the moment. Mulled wine being more of a Christmas drink, mulled beer is getting popular. What beers, and what spices should I use to make it?
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What is the difference between an ale and a lager?

Apart from coming out of different taps, some ales seem very similar to lagers (although there are clearly a much greater variety of ales). Is there a difference in the way they are made?
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Will certain types of beer get me more drunk more quickly?

Assuming we're comparing equivalent amounts of alcohol, do certain beers get you inebriated more quickly or slowly? Does the amount of fizz make a difference?
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What is the best angle to store beer bottles?

Currently I am storing my bottles in the crates at a (about) 20 degree angle (bottles are upwards!). Does the way of storing the bottles affect something (and how)?
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What temperature should I serve my beer?

In general, what's the best way to work out the temperature at which to serve a particular beer? Room temperature? Cold? Supercold? Warm?
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How is reduced alcoholic beer made?

How is low/no alcohol beer made? I'm assuming that the beer is made normally and the alcohol is then removed, is it any more than just boiling it off? I've noticed that no/low alcohol beers' taste ...
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When was the first beer ever brewed?

As far as we know, when did humans first brew beer, and where? Around when would you have been able to get your hands on something resembling a modern lager?
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What is a citra hop, and how does it differ from other hops?

I was offered a beer the other day that was reportedly made with citra hops. What are citra hops? Why should I care that my beer is made with them?

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