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Old 08-10-2006, 02:22 PM   #1
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Default Krausen pronunciation?

Ok, maybe a silly question but then again I went around pronouncing wort
like it was spelled and not by the proper "wert" for a long time.

I thought that krausen was pronounced like "krow sen" (the krou having a "krow/cow" sound). Then I heard the guy at my LHBS pronounce it like "kray sen" or krayzen (like crazy)?
What is it?

Any othe weird words in the homebrew world?

Tommy

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Old 08-10-2006, 03:32 PM   #2
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Here's a good way to pronounce krausen; foamy guck

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Old 08-10-2006, 03:37 PM   #3
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I recently wondered the same thing. I was listening to beer radio online (I forget the actual name of the program, someone linked on a thread here) and he pronouned it (krausen), in what I thought, a weird way, but maybe I've been saying it wrong the entire time too. I guess if anyone looks at you funny you can say it's one of those regional dialect things.

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I'm not really sure what the "correct" pronounciation is, but according to German pronounciation principles, "krausen" should be pronounced with the first syllable rhyming with what you say when you hurt yoursef ("Ow!").

However, the word is sometimes also spelled "kraeusen," which I would think woulb be pronounced with the first syllable rhyming with "boy." This, BTW, is how the word has always been pronounced in my mind.

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Old 08-10-2006, 04:03 PM   #5
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Kroy-Zen or kräusen
two syllables. If you can prounce the umlaut in German form then you have already won the battle, otherwise see below.

Kroy- like Troy, but with a K
Zen- as in Zen the branch of Mahayana Buddhism.

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Easy enough, I'll retrain my tongue, thanks guys.

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Kroy-Zen or kräusen
two syllables. If you can prounce the umlaut in German form then you have already won the battle, otherwise see below.

DUH! That explains why it's sometimes spelled "kraeusen"--it's a transliteration of the umlaut. (Seems pretty obvios, now that you mention it). So then "kräusen" is the actual German word, right?
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It's kroy-sen

I used to say Krouwzen. Kroysen is more fun to say anyway.

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DUH! That explains why it's sometimes spelled "kraeusen"--it's a transliteration of the umlaut. (Seems pretty obvios, now that you mention it). So then "kräusen" is the actual German word, right?
Jahwohl das ist richtig!
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Du bist sehr nützlich, Herr.

(Since I've drank your beer, I figured I could call you "du.")

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