Quick primer on yeast flavors

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  1. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (4,767) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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  2. Profchaos20

    Profchaos20 Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2012 Pennsylvania

  3. TheBeerAlmanac

    TheBeerAlmanac Savant (967) Mar 3, 2011 Kentucky
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    Yes, actually a very interesting read. I like how the scientific, informative threads garner 2 replies whereas the "Posttheexactsamebeerpornthatyou'vealreadyposted6hoursagoandwillpostagainin6hours" threads have like 300, it's appalling. Anyway, I need to go post my recent beer haul.
  4. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,179) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Thanks for posting this. Uploaded it to my brewing DropBox folder! Really a good, informative read.
  5. drocpsu

    drocpsu Initiate (195) Dec 25, 2006 New Hampshire

    Excellent read! I want to read part 2 now. Thanks for the link.
  6. westcoastbeerlvr

    westcoastbeerlvr Poo-Bah (1,754) Oct 19, 2010 California

    Nice introduction that I bet a lot of users on here could bear to read. Try reading Tasting Beer for even more comprehensive descriptions.
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  7. jbertsch

    jbertsch Meyvn (1,089) Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts

    Nice overview. I Bookmarked it to read part 2 whenever that's posted...hopefully tomorrow.
  8. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,199) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Very interesting.
  9. hopsputin

    hopsputin Meyvn (1,098) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    Nice. As someone who has never tasted nail polish remover before, could someone tell me a beer that uses ethyl acetate? So I can gauge the flavor
  10. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,305) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    Considered a major defect in beer in high amounts, you will not usually smell it in beers that are from a quality brewery.
  11. mcaulifww

    mcaulifww Initiate (0) Aug 18, 2011 Virginia

    This was great. any more resources on how to better identify flavors in beer would be cool
  12. Onenote81

    Onenote81 Poo-Bah (1,879) May 27, 2008 North Carolina

    Excellent find. Thanks for posting.
  13. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,305) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    If one is interested they should read "Tasting Beer" by Randy Mosher.
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  14. jacksback

    jacksback Initiate (0) Jul 20, 2011 Massachusetts

    Very good read, good stuff.
  15. leedorham

    leedorham Crusader (701) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    Good read. If you are ever bored, do some reading on all the compounds yeast can produce as bybroducts, then go read about how they make artificial flavors like butter, strawberry, apple, cherry, etc. They are a lot of the same exact compounds, just created through a different process.
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  16. ouits

    ouits Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2012 Ohio

    I could smell this in GI Nightstalker bottled in November '12.
  17. Icarus

    Icarus Initiate (175) Oct 6, 2012 Minnesota

    Interesting indeed, thanks for posting. I will also check out "Tasting Beer"
  18. westcoastbeerlvr

    westcoastbeerlvr Poo-Bah (1,754) Oct 19, 2010 California

    A lot of of shitty AWAs have this issue. It's usually just referred to as acetone. If brett is exposed to too much oxygen at too high of temperatures it often leads to this. The beers that I most quickly think of that had this were all one-offs by Drakes (and all particularly awful).
  19. BlowstotheBody

    BlowstotheBody Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2012 Florida

    I believe I've had it in Orval once. First time I drank it and it completely turned me off from the brew. Now I love the stuff, although it never quite tastes the same as the last time I drank it. Inconsistent, but consistently great (except for that one time)
  20. endovelico

    endovelico Initiate (0) Jul 25, 2008 Portugal

    Over the top nail polish remover is rare because it will usually indicate complete negligence regarding fermentation temperature control. I don't remember drinking it in any commercial brew to be honest. However, my first two homebrews were Nail polish BOMBS so i can pick it up quite easily since.

    Still, i found that British yeast were the most susceptible to produce higher alcohols and subsequently that nail polish remover taste.
  21. costanza46

    costanza46 Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2013 California

  22. lucasj82

    lucasj82 Zealot (595) Aug 13, 2009 Indiana
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    Nice find and thanks for posting.
  23. HoshuaJobbs

    HoshuaJobbs Initiate (167) May 12, 2012 California
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    That's why I don't Belgian beers. It makes so much sense now!
  24. Grohnke

    Grohnke Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2009 Illinois

    Serious eats is awesome, huge fan of everything they do.
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  25. notjustgc

    notjustgc Initiate (154) Nov 15, 2008 New Jersey
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    Zymurgy mag had also had a really awesome feature on defects in the November/December 2012 issue. Absolutely worth a read if you liked the Serious Eats post.
  26. BetterBeerPlz

    BetterBeerPlz Aspirant (227) Sep 8, 2007 Arkansas

    Thank you! There were also some good entries on hops and malts.
  27. hopsputin

    hopsputin Meyvn (1,098) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    Thanks everyone for the answers. I've had Orval and night stalker and didn't pick up any nail polish remover :slight_smile:. Lucky me

    This is one flavor I'm glad I can't put my finger on
  28. Mitchster

    Mitchster Poo-Bah (2,414) Dec 25, 2002 Michigan

    I just had a Steenbrugge Tripel and it was a nail polish remover acetone bomb. Absolutely horrible, but hey, if you want to try it out, go for it.
  29. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    Nice read. Being someone who has baked nearly all my life and worked with yeast for breads and such, it really comes as no surprise that Belgians are without a doubt my absolutely favorites. Soon i will be ordering a book that explains the exact science behind brewing chemistry so i can better understand the nitty gritty that makes beer amazing!
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