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Old 02-12-2007, 06:01 PM   #11
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OK, In some seriousness, I actually had the same question awhile back abut the same descriptor... so I took a handfull of Belgian biscuit and I ate it (and spent the next hour picking the hulls from my teeth)... and I could be wrong, but that flavor is now what I call "biscuity."

BTW, I liked it so much I put two pounds of it in a batch and it's.... biscuity. (And quite good.)

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Old 02-12-2007, 06:07 PM   #12
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O.K. Pretty simple. Maybe I just never thought seriously about the subject. I'll have taste a biscuit, and taste a bit of malt.

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Old 02-12-2007, 06:54 PM   #13
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Is that an American biscuit or an English one?

The ones I like are:
Medicinal. Nice wide range of flavors.
Metallic, cardboard, and cr*p - Who actually tastes these things?

-a.
hehe. But you know a friend of mine shared a good point on those 'negative' tastes and even some of the strange good ones (ie. "Sweaty Horsehair" "Barnyard" etc). Since the sense of smell is so interconnected to the sense of taste you can end up describing the way something tastes in terms of a smell. Kind of strange, but it makes sense if you think about it.

gibfried, it is pretty simple and sounds more odd/difficult than it actually is. One thing I have noticed as a Homebrewer that I didn't notice as just a consumer was the defective sides of many commercial brews (esp. cardboard flavors in improperly stored imports). One of the main aspects of classifying and taste interpretations is that you need to know what to look for in the brew. Once you do, you can almost always pick it out. Some folks argue that some people just have 'better' palates than others in terms of picking out specific flavors/etc. I contend that a sensitive palate is actually recognizing flavors because you are familiar with them, to a large degree.
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Old 02-12-2007, 07:09 PM   #14
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We all hear these descriptions such as - biscuit flavor, or malty, etc. But what with these flavors. What is a malty flavor??? Or biscuit??? I here it all the time, and don't think anything of it....but here I am trying to make a beer with a biscuit-like profile - and scratching my little head.
Yeah, um, how would we know whether you're scratching your head, when you have no arms?

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Old 02-12-2007, 07:12 PM   #15
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O.K. Pretty simple. Maybe I just never thought seriously about the subject. I'll have taste a biscuit, and taste a bit of malt.
in 28 years of life you never tasted a biscuit?

OK here . . . when you finally find one take 1 bite and get a good taste, then smother the rest of it in sausage gravy with a side order of grits and 3-4 fried eggs (I prefer the eggs over easy, almost runny) you'll be hooked for life
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Old 02-12-2007, 07:20 PM   #16
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in 28 years of life you never tasted a biscuit?

OK here . . . when you finally find one take 1 bite and get a good taste, then smother the rest of it in sausage gravy with a side order of grits and 3-4 fried eggs (I prefer the eggs over easy, almost runny) you'll be hooked for life
I'm right there with ya! Hey, where can I order some "biscuits and gravy" malt? Now we're talkin'!
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Old 02-12-2007, 07:22 PM   #17
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FYO in the "Normal" world a Biscuit is a cookie.

One of these.


NOT one of these.

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Old 02-12-2007, 07:25 PM   #18
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yet another reason we had the Revolution over here . . . you guys messed up our biscuits too

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Old 02-12-2007, 07:31 PM   #19
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LMAO on above.

In all seriousness, grab some biscuit, rye, wheat etc grain and chew on it is really a good technique to get a sense for the taste. I do it all the time at the HBS. If you chew sideways like a cow, even more flavor comes out too.

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If you've never experienced this, you don't know what you're missing!

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