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Old 10-02-2009, 01:32 AM   #1
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What does IBU stand for, and how does it affect the beer?

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Old 10-02-2009, 01:34 AM   #2
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International Bitterness Unit. Higher numbers means more bitterness in you beer.
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Old 10-02-2009, 01:35 AM   #3
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It's a measure of bitterness. The higher the number, the more perceived bitterness (all else being equal, netting out a bunch of other contributing factors).

Here's some good background, along with typical numbers for different styles:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interna...ss_Units_scale

More good background on all this stuff in general is in this free online book:

http://www.howtobrew.com/intro.html
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International Bitterness Unit. Higher numbers means more bitterness in you beer.
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Ignore them. It means "I Brew Utopia."
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Rival, ignore them. It stands for "Iaceo Bibo Usus," meaning "Lying down due to drinking is a good skill to have."

Yes, it is a rough translation, but it works.
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