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What's a good (neutral) sample beer to spike with a sensory training kit?

You want a mildly flavored, low hop beer for something like this. I would suggest a Kolsch or Helles Lager or a Mild. Pilsners can be heavily hopped. I have done a lot of this with wines when I taught ...
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Are there drinks/cocktails involving vinegar?

There is a whole class of drinks called Shrubs Shrubs usually involve a base syrup made from vinegar and fruits and spices and then mixed with a spirit. Shrub syrups are available online in a ...
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Difference between "Ale's" beer

Beers (ales and lagers) are broken down into many, many different styles based on how they are brewed. Most beers have only 3 or 4 different types of ingredients. Malt, water, yeast, hops and ...
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What is the source of the plum flavor in (this) plum porter?

I contacted the brewery and they replied that To get the plum flavour we use a natural plum extract. Curious that it's not on the ingredients list. PS. It's St.Peter's Plum Porter.
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Adding flavor to vodka

It's incredibly easy to infuse vodka with tea - unscrew the cap, force a teabag through the neck, screw the cap back on, and put it in the freezer until you're happy with it (overnight is fine). Keep ...
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Adding flavor to vodka

I know of two methods: Add some aroma-containing plant-material (herbs, spices, fruit-peel, ...) into a bottle of vodka and let it rest to infuse. Remove when desired taste is achieved. An infusion ...
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Fashionable gins - are they what they claim to be?

Gin is very simply defined as a clear alcoholic spirit distilled from grain or malt and flavoured with juniper berries. So your differentiation between "made properly" and "just alcohol and flavor"...
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What's a good (neutral) sample beer to spike with a sensory training kit?

You should definitely all use the same beer as the base, and you want a beer that has a good balance of hops and malt. The less flavor the beer has, the more the "spiked" flavors and aromas will stand ...
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How much alcohol is in rum extract?

As an example, McCormick Rum Extract has 35 percent alcohol, and lists the other ingredients as water, run, and natural flavor, in that order. Depending on the volume of your other ingredients, the ...
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Rum brand with the strongest rum flavor?

I would recommend "Appleton White" from Jamaica. It's a blend of column still and pot still rum, and pot still destillation tends to produce a more flavourful spirit. You might also want to look ...
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Is there a way quantify beer flavour characteristics?

Wikipedia has an entire article on beer measurements. The main truely quantitative measure of taste I'm aware of is the International Bitterness Unit or IBU. Wikipedia has a section which describes ...
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How can I figure out what a beer tastes like based on the name (i.e. before ordering/trying it)?

One good resource is BeerAdvocate. Untappd is another, but you need to create an account for that site. BeerAdvocate has a whole section on beer styles along with reviews and ratings of specific beers....
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How can I figure out what a beer tastes like based on the name (i.e. before ordering/trying it)?

How can I figure out what a beer tastes like based on the name (i.e. before ordering/trying it)? The short answer is no. Personal experience tells me that it is not possible to figure out how a beer ...
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Rum brand with the strongest rum flavor?

My choice for a light rum with a strong flavor is Leblon. It is made from fresh cut sugarcane unlike Bacardi (which is made from molasses), and is only aged for 6 months so you don't get any notes ...
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Fosters Gold - Alternative

I'm not personally familiar with Foster's Gold, but a good site to find similar beers is Beer Advocate. If you search you can find their review page for Foster's Gold. On that page the style is listed ...
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Adding Spirit Essences to home brew beer

First, congratulations on getting bit by the homebrewing bug! Yes, you can actually drop bourbon/scotch/whiskey into your fermented beer to add that flavor. Why after fermentation? To make sure you ...
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What is a good beer for starters, or people who don't typically enjoy the taste of beer?

It's true that sweet and fruity beers seem to be more appealing to people who do not like beer as a general rule - easing them in with ciders and lambics is potentially a good way to start. ...
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How can a beer be flavored?

I would like to add that although I have not confirmed it I read somewhere the purity laws had less to do with "making great beer" and more to do with them being poor. They didn't want certain grains ...
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Why is it every time I try an old expensive wine it's doesn't compare to a 25-35$ two year old wine I buy?

Not all wines are suitable for keeping - and the ones that may be, still require good stable conditions with regards to temperature, sunlight and so on. Assuming the 20+ years old wines you’ve had ...
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How can a beer be flavored?

I just add it at the secondary fermentation stage when I homebrew beer. I made a belgian style wheat beer and simply added some vanilla extract. edit : I just added some cloves to a dark beer brew ...
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Adding flavor to vodka

Simple Syrups can be a great way to infuse other flavors into your vodka. To add other flavors, you would add them into the simple syrup, mashing as you go along. You have to consider the temperature ...
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Adding flavor to vodka

They make the exact product you are looking for. Home Distillers can add flavorings to their neutral spirits with these products. Still Spirits I would look around the website as there are many ...
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Using 'splenda' in Vodka infusions. Serious headache!

Certain people can have very individualistic headache triggers. For me it is second hand smoke. There are quite a few references on the internet tying Splenda to migraines so perhaps it so for you, at ...
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Why do some wines taste salty?

Why do some wines taste salty? Ed C. Kraus, a 3rd generation home brewer/winemaker and has been an owner of E. C. Kraus since 1999 has 4 possible reasons why a wine may have a salty taste. He has ...
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What's a good (neutral) sample beer to spike with a sensory training kit?

I would choose Coors. It's easy to get, always tastes the same so it makes for a good control. Also, it is light in flavor so it won't mask anything.
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What is the source of the plum flavor in (this) plum porter?

It's probably a combination of certain hops and yeasts. Some kinds of ale yeasts are known to add a plummy flavour to a beer (WLP500 for example). And also hops like golding or empire can go into this ...
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How does the water source affect the flavor of the sake?

I can only speculate, but natural sources of water have varying levels of dissolved minerals which could influence flavor.
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Is there a way quantify beer flavour characteristics?

Is there a way quantify beer flavour characteristics? I tried to find a site that could standardize this question and this is what I came up with the following. If it does not truly answer your ...
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Extracting oils and flavours before fermentation

Actually, yes. Though usually not with essential oils. In most cases, as an infusion. For low-alcohol beverages: punch, some dry-hopped beers, vermouth For spirits: liqueur, gin, rumtopf, Chinese ...
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Refrigerate Non-Alcoholic beer?

Refrigeration has little to do with preservation. As a food product beer and NA beer are pretty strictly regulated for safety so as long as the rubber in the cap maintains a seal it should stay ...
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