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Old 02-08-2008, 02:24 PM   #31
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It says about 25% of the population are "super tasters" meaning that they have many many more taste receptors than the rest, which means they are very sensitive to the bitter compounds in things like coffee or some green vegetables. There is even a simple test you can do with blue food dye on your tongue to see if you are one of these people or not! I seriously have to try this, and I would love to see the results on some of you...perhaps with your beer preferences listed as well?

in high school in one of my science classes while talking about genetics we did a simple test to see if we had the genotype for a certain type of taste buds that were especially related to tasting bitterness. the test involved putting a small slip of paper with a chemical on it on our tongues. if it tasted horribly bitter, you had the genotype that allows one to taste bitterness more acutely.

the teacher said that if it didn't taste horribly bitter a person would be more likely to enjoy coffee and dark chocolate. of course he didn't say beer, but I am sure it applies as well.

I couldn't taste anything, btw, and I love hoppy beers.
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Old 02-08-2008, 03:37 PM   #32
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When i first stepped away from BMC beers I made probably the obvious step toward Guiness. I really liked the creamy beers, Boddingtons being my first "My Beer" that I tried to find and everyone was always asking what it was. Kinda hard to find here and not common. I then started traveling for work and visiting Micro Brews 2-3 times a week on the road. Thats when I fell in love with hops. Been at that strong for 2 years now and it is my favorite style. Love IPAs and barley Wines. But since I've joined this forum and started brewing, only got 2 batches still yet to be bottled, I've learned about tasting beers. Letting certain things warm up to certain temps. Let me tell you. Pulling a porter out of the fridge and drinking it right away, not nearly as good as letting it sit in the glass a while. I just hope I can get a friend or two as into it as I am so I don't feel like such a snob when drinking with them.
All in all you're tastes will change, go back, and change again. Enjoy them all and what makes each style good. Don't just enjoy and expect one taste, enjoy the taste that that particular style offers.

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Old 02-08-2008, 03:47 PM   #33
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You can make whatever you want, but you should try and aim for balance. In addition to scottish, you can also make a nut brown or a red ale for a nice malty and hoppy balance, some of my favorite beers.

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Old 02-08-2008, 11:31 PM   #34
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You are not alone. I find there is nothing worse than a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. i just cannot drink or enjoy a high IBU beer.

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Old 02-09-2008, 12:31 AM   #35
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You might be interested in the Kit - brewers Best - makes for
Continental Pilsener. There was Saaz throught the 60 min
boil, but turned out low on the bitter end. You mentioned
Malty, and this really has a nice foreground of a honey like
malt. You barely get the 9 volt zap of the saaz, and it appears
after you exhale. Ceratinly not a hops bomb.

Just a thought.

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Old 02-09-2008, 01:07 AM   #36
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I don't. I can't stand really hoppy beer.

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Old 02-09-2008, 02:31 AM   #37
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Yes, I am only 22, but I don't think that has much of an impact unless most of you out there are close to 50.
Some of us are working on 50.
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I'm not a hophead, never have been. And if 10-some-odd years of homebrewing hasn't changed that, nothing will. But I also know that I am in the minority among homebrewers in that regard.

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Yes, I am only 22, but I don't think that has much of an impact unless most of you out there are close to 50.
WTF? What's wrong with being close to 50?
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WTF? What's wrong with being close to 50?

LOL!

What she said! Are you saying our tastebuds are shot you, young whippersnapper you? Why I outta hit you with my cane.
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