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What is the difference between an ale and a lager?
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Ale yeast strains are best used at temperatures ranging from 10 to 25°C, though some strains will not actively ferment below 12°C (33). Ale yeasts are generally regarded as top-fermenting yeasts since ...

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Why do some beers smell like cannabis?
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The fact that both Humulus lupulus (hops) and Cannabis sativa (marijuana) have similar organoleptic properties (taste and smell) could indicate a common ancestry--but it isn't proof. Lots of plants ...

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Has Prohibition ever worked?
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Prohibition was an Era in American history from 1920-1933 - and - it failed miserably. If anything, it made alcohol more popular. Prohibition, in general, also means to prohibit something via law ...

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What do they judge on at beer competitions?
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There are SO many different subcategories now. You can download the full judging guidelines and registration into the different styles. Main categories include: Beer Mead Cider Some of the ...

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Do growlers of different materials have a tangible impact on flavor?
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The biggest impact tends to be the color of the container. Green and clear bottles let in more of the harmful light that spoils the beer. The darker the container, the better. Plastic also lends ...

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What is the highest alcohol content achievable through brewing?
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I am taking this from a website cited at the bottom. Popsci has a LOT of cool beer articles. Fractional freezing is the best way to increase the alcohol content of beer. Fractional freezing -- "...

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What factors affect the carbonation level of beer?
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There are two main ways to carbonate beer. Force carbonation - This is where CO2 is forced into the fermented beer. Because of the pressure (and the temperature at which it is done) the CO2 will ...

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Dark Beer Classifications
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Porters and Stouts were similar but different... in the beginning. I'm going to try my best to paraphrase this wonderful article, some of the BJCP Guidelines, and this article. Porters (have #s) ...

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What are the predominant styles of Whisky coming out of Asia?
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Suntory and Kavalan whiskey have really put Asian Whiskey on "the map." The Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask, by Suntory even won Jim Murray's Whiskey of the Year in 2015. The styles are the same ...

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Why would an aged beer explode?
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Not knowing much about the beer but the 30 second Google search - I will try to give insight as to why this may happen. I've noticed this was a Trappist beer. As such, there is probably as much yeast ...

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Are there any problems in serving non-cooled beer?
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This article has very good information on how CO2 interacts with beer. That being said, temperature plays a big part in the flavor of beer. Here is a the consensus of guidelines of what temperature ...

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Can the social perception of beer be changed?
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Standards and qualifications will play a big role in how we can change the perception of beer. Wine has had the Sommelier since 1907. Beer now has the Cicerone (of which I can not find a date when the ...

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Does "ice-cold filtering" have additional value for a beer?
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From a home-brewing point of view: cold-crashing is when you take your fermenting/ed wort and stick it in the refrigerator causing the yeast to become inactive and/or fall out of solution. It can be ...

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How do I measure the sugar content of brewed beers?
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Unfortunately, you're not going to easily achieve the solution to your question. Your best bet would be to find the nutritional information for the beer you seek. It isn't readily available, though, ...

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When does the pour matter?
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Guinness' perfect-pour is actually a marketing scheme that gives them an exclusivity factor. They have training courses and will invite patrons that visit Guinness to become masters of The Perfect ...

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Other than the USA, do any other countries have dry counties?
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Yes. Currently the list of Countries that have prohibition (and their counties) are: Afghanistan Bangladesh Brunei Iran Indonesia (prohibition in small business shops) India (prohibition in the ...

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Which gas will make a beer last longer in a keg, CO2 or nitrogen?
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I am going out on a limb and interpret "stay good" as "stay carbonated/nitrogenated." That being said, carbonation of beer has a lot to do with temperature and pressure. If you are ...

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How to avoid keg foam?
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Foam comes from over pumping. For most of my keg beers I (with a CO2 tank) use about 11-15psi). For a hand pump this is more difficult. You will have to resist the urge to over pump. If you are a ...

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How to select upper-tier whiskies without trying them first?
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You could join communities like: Reddit's /r/whiskey or /r/bourbon or /r/scotch They have a system where you give quality reviews of a set number of whiskey/scotch/bourbon. After X reviews you're ...

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How to correctly do a "Hitch Mix" - Johnnie walker and perrier water
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The answer really depends on what you're looking for in the drink. 1) The hotter the whiskey the more rapid the alcohol evaporates out and more of the bitter-notes shine through. Adding ice is cold ...

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Adding Spirit Essences to home brew beer
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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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Alternatives to rum and gin to drink with meals
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This link has decent information on pairing spirits. The problem for giving generalizations becomes differences in palate. Most people don't pair straight spirits with foods as most (self injected ...

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Whiskey and beer recommendations for boilermaker cocktail?
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You will find that Porters/Stouts tend to hold up to whiskey/bourbon/scotch better than others. Though, I'm sure you'll find exceptions. One of my favorites is New Holland's - Dragon's Milk with ...

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What would cause the same beer to taste different
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There are several things going on here. 1) Temperature absolutely plays a difference in beer taste. Too Cold The biggest issue with beer served too cold is the way the temperature masks many ...

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Sour Mash Whiskey
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This - kind of - answers your question. The breakdown of sour mashing in beer cannot be too different. The article linked explains the process with amazing detail. Here are some pertinent highlights: ...

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Adding flavor to vodka
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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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Is there a correct graph which describes various drinks
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There isn't going to be (or rather it wouldn't be visually appealing enough) a source for what you want. Your best bet is to search "::insert alcoholic family you wish here:: Infographics." When you ...

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What are the IBUs (bitterness units) of common lagers? Also, what are hop contents?
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Finding a compiled list of common-marketplace lagers is probably not going to happen unless someone has made a specific list like this. Generally, you would just search "SPECIFIC BEER IBU" and ...

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Distinguishing features between Rochefort 10 and Westvleteren 12
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1) While largely the same (make wort, ferment, bottle/keg) the two beers you list are made by different companies. Therefore, you can assume they will at least claim they have proprietary brewing ...

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Tripel beers on tap
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The biggest difference between Singels, Dubbels, Trippels, and Quads is ABV. The (purported) origin of these come from the Trappist Monasteries of Belgium where illiteracy was high. Because a lot of ...

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