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Old 01-05-2010, 06:44 AM   #1
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what does it mean to have a "tobacco" flavor to your beer? how do you get that flavor? this is my first post ever and my first brew ever was 3 days ago! i cant stop watching my airlock! its the little things i guess

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Old 01-05-2010, 07:20 AM   #2
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tobacco? if you smoke cigarettes or cigars reminds me of woody and spicy flavors. though i dont know what that means for towards beer. I am new to brewing.

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Old 01-05-2010, 12:33 PM   #3
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I always thought unlit cigarettes had a raisin type smell to them. Is that what you are referring to?

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Old 01-05-2010, 01:03 PM   #4
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There's a bunch of threads on this topic if you search for it, usually some fool thinks it would be cool to do ...you will find that it is highly toxic. In fact people used to be poisoned by using an extraction from tobbaco.

Don't do it..When you hear of a beer or wine that has essence of tobbacco, that is a descriptor, not actual tobacco flavor.

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The leaf extract was a popular pest control method up to the beginning of the 20th century. In 1851, the Belgian chemist Jean Stas was the first to prove the use of tobacco extract as a murder poison in the civilised world. The Belgian count Hippolyte Visart de Bocarmé had poisoned his brother-in-law with tobacco leaf extract in order to acquire some urgently needed money. This was the first exact proof of alkaloid
Best to let this discussion die, before someone does.

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Those flavors come from roasted grains, occaisonally adjuncts like raisins like the above person said. Don't even think about REAL tobacco.
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i couldnt imagine it would taste good either.

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a lethal dose of nicotine is a mere 50mg. . .potent chemical

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im not talking about putting tobacco in my beer! i can see how that would be not only gross but toxic. i'm talking about the taste. was just seeing if anyone knew what malts and stuff to use to get it. ive had a beer that fit this discription. as long as its just a hint its really good

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a lethal dose of nicotine is a mere 50mg. . .potent chemical
yet some how its legal? hmm...its funny how life works.
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im not talking about putting tobacco in my beer! i can see how that would be not only gross but toxic. i'm talking about the taste. was just seeing if anyone knew what malts and stuff to use to get it. ive had a beer that fit this discription. as long as its just a hint its really good
I don't know how this got to 7 posts without someone correcting everyone else. shows up in a lot of smoke beers, and I see it often in big, dark beers as well. Wood can impart this, smoked malt, and a lot of people perceive this from dark roasted malts from time to time.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/goose-i...-ale/813/1/28/

There's a beer with tobacco in the tasting notes.
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When my robust porter was very young, it had a tobacco ash type flavor in the finish. It has since dissipated. Probably from the dark roasty malts

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