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Old 01-10-2006, 08:45 PM   #11
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I thought it was a beer law that you HAD to taste with every racking??
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Old 01-10-2006, 11:30 PM   #12
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I think it depends wether the ingredients say hop oils or hop extracts. One of the two can be destroyed by boiling. I can't remember which off-hand, it's in Papazian's book. I just never boil any of them to be safe.

And yes, I think it's law that you need to taste every time you touch the beer.
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Old 01-11-2006, 03:05 AM   #13
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Yes, taste your beer at every opportunity!!

If you only ever taste the finished, bottled and conditioned product, you'll never appreciate the changes that the brew undergoes in the brewing process.

For example, the wort is usually very bitter (as well as sweet, of course!) when I transfer it from the boil pot to the primary, but much more mellow and delicious when I rack to secondary...

These sort of things give you ideas etc. on how to improve future recipes/techniques...
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