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Old 06-11-2013, 01:45 AM   #1
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I always thought dry hopping only added to the aroma of a beer. I kegged up my pale ale last week and realized I had forgotten to dry hop it. So, I threw an ounce of fuggles in a tea ball and popped it into the keg. Two days later, it tastes completely different. I was expecting to smell the fuggles but I never expected much in the way of flavour change. Any thoughts on this?

 
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Old 06-11-2013, 01:51 AM   #2
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Alcohol pulls flavors out of other things. So dry hopping can (and most times will) bring some flavor along for the ride. It really depends on the alcohol content and hop being used (amount of hop oils).

You're not out of your mind! Think of soaking oak or vanilla beans or a spice in vodka. You'll notice the aroma and flavor start to get pulled out.
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Old 06-11-2013, 01:59 AM   #3
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Aroma increases our perception of flavor.

Try this. Taste something while plugging your nose. Not much flavor. Then take a big smell of what you are tasting. Guess what it will have much more flavor.

 
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Old 06-11-2013, 02:40 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by beergolf
Aroma increases our perception of flavor.

Try this. Taste something while plugging your nose. Not much flavor. Then take a big smell of what you are tasting. Guess what it will have much more flavor.
This. Our taste really only perceives sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami. The rest is made up by the nose.
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