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This week I take a look at the 17 off flavors in home brewed beer found on the BJCP beer judging score sheet.  These are the major off flavors you will encounter when home brewing beer, and I’ve also provided links to my more detailed summaries of the causes and correcting each flavor.

Off Flavors in Beer

For those of you unfamiliar with the Beer Judge Certification Program at BJCP.org, it is the worlds largest program for certifying beer judges who evaluate beers for most of the beer competitions here in the US.  They also publish a style guide of standard beer styles along with a number of other references on judging and tasting beer.  Even for those who are not into competing, their standards are a great reference.

Along with judging materials they also publish the BJCP score sheet which is a scoring sheet used by beer judges.  I don’t compete with my beer, but I have used the score sheet on many occasions to evaluate my beers.

On the score sheet is a short summary of 17 off flavors found in beer, and it is a useful guide.  While it won’t cover other problems like imbalances in your beer, it is very useful to know the off-flavors as well as how to troubleshoot them.

I’ve written articles on all of the major off flavors, so I’ve provided a link below to the major article on each off flavor so you can bookmark this page and use it if you are trying to troubleshoot an off flavor in your beer:

As I mentioned this is a summary article – so if you are interested in learning more about any of the off flavors above and getting to root cause, just click on the links above.

Thanks for joining me on the BeerSmith Home Brewing Blog. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter or my podcast (also on itunes…and youtube…and streaming radio station) for more great tips on homebrewing.

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Kyle and Greg Stelzer join me from 24 Hour Hops where they are growing hops year-round in greenhouses in Arizona and providing wet hops to home brewers!

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Growing Wet Hops Year-Round with Kyle and Greg Stelzer - BeerSmith Podcast #185 - YouTube
Topics in This Week’s Episode (43:19)
  • Today my guests are Kyle and Greg Stelzer from 24 Hour Hops. Kyle and Greg have started a unique business growing hops year-round in greenhouses with the goal of providing fresh wet hops throughout the year to home brewers.
  • We discuss how they decided to start a hop business in the desert of Arizona – an area not often associated with hops.
  • Kyle tells us about their decision to focus on the homebrew market and delivering fresh wet hops directly to homebrewers right after they are picked.
  • We talk about the challenges of growing hops in a greenhouse versus a more traditional outdoor location as well as the flexibility it provides. For example they can produce several crops from a bine in a single year.
  • Kyle tells us how large the operation is and the varieties of hops they are focused on.
  • Greg explains the use of hydroponics rather than traditional soil for growing hops, and the advantages of having complete control over the nutrients provided.
  • Kyle shares the hop cycle and how they are able to simulate winter to get multiple hop cycles from a single plant in a year.
  • We discuss brewing with fresh wet hops and some of the challenges it provides. Kyle also explains how they pick and ship fresh wet hops directly to homebrewers within a day or two.
  • Greg shares some of the things they have learned diving into hop growing over the last few years.
  • They share their web site 24HourHops.com where you can order hops or learn more about working with wet hops.
  • Both provide their closing thoughts.
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iTunes Announcements: I launched a new video channel for the BeerSmith podcast on iTunes, so subscribe now! At the moment it will only feature the new widescreen episodes (#75 and up). Older episodes are available on my revamped Youtube channel. Also all of my audio episodes are on iTunes now – so grab the older episodes if you missed any.

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This week John Blichmann from Blichmann Engineering joins me to discuss gas burners and electric heating elements for beer brewing.

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Burners and Heating Elements for Beer Brewing - BeerSmith Podcast #183 - YouTube
Topics in This Week’s Episode (58:12)
  • Today my guest is John Blichmann.  John is CEO of Blichmann Engineering a premier developer and supplier of both home and professional brewing equipment.
  • John explains some of the characteristics of an ideal heat source for brewing.
  • We start with a discussion on gas burners including the basic gas options: propane vs natural gas.
  • He explains how gas burners are rated and also why some of the BTU numbers published by manufacturers are somewhat misleading.
  • John walks through the basic pieces of a typical gas burner.
  • He tells us how to adjust your gas burner for best overall performance.
  • We switch to electric heating elements, and he explains the three basic types: surface, immersion and induction.
  • We talk about power ratings and the basic power requirements for typical home brewed batches.
  • John explains the basics of electrical safety including why you must have a GFCI circuit breaker to brew safely, and how to get one installed by a professional.
  • We discuss control options for maintaining temperature both with electrical and gas systems.
  • John briefly explains some of the typical controllers you will find in a homebrew system.
  • He gives us his closing thoughts and also mentions an upcoming controller that Blichmann is releasing soon.
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Thanks to John Blichmann for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
iTunes Announcements: I launched a new video channel for the BeerSmith podcast on iTunes, so subscribe now! At the moment it will only feature the new widescreen episodes (#75 and up). Older episodes are available on my revamped Youtube channel. Also all of my audio episodes are on iTunes now – so grab the older episodes if you missed any.

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Subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes or BeerSmith Radio

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And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the blog and my newsletter (or use the links in the sidebar) – to get free weekly articles on home brewing.

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This week I take a look at vegetal off flavors in beer as well as their cause and how to prevent them. These include a variety of vegetable flavors and aroma found in some beers.

Vegetal Off-Flavors in Beer

Vegetal off-flavors cover a wide range of potential problems in beer. These include corn, vegetables, cabbage, broccoli, garlic or scallion flavors and even the odor and taste of rotten vegetables. Each may have a slightly different origin.

First we’ll cover the cooked or creamed corn off flavor which is also called DMS (Dimethyl Sulfide). This off-flavor is actually covered in a separate article on DMS here and is often caused by an insufficient boil.

Scallion and garlic-like flavors are often caused by certain hop varieties in the boil such as Summit. Often a different hop variety can resolve this type of flavor. Excessive dry hop contact times can also result in some off flavors particularly those of a more grassy kind.

Finally using old, stale or ingredients that have been exposed to moisture can also impart rotten vegetable or moldy off flavors to your beer. In many cases this will taste of stale or old vegetables. It can happen from spoiled hops, old or spoiled malt or other stale ingredients.

Those are the main causes of vegetal off flavors in beer. Thanks for joining me on the BeerSmith Home Brewing Blog. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter or my podcast (also on itunes…and youtube…and streaming radio station) for more great tips on homebrewing.

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This week Randy Mosher joins me to discuss cutting edge research into beer sensory perception and how our brain uniquely perceives and distorts the flavor, aroma and taste of beer.

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Perception and Reality in Beer Flavor with Randy Mosher - BeerSmith Podcast #182 - YouTube

Topics in This Week’s Episode (55:34)
  • Today my guest is Randy Mosher. Randy is author of many of my favorite home brewing books including Mastering Homebrew, Radical Brewing and Tasting Beer (Amazon affiliate links). He is also a certified beer judge and faculty member at the Siebel institute as well as partner in two Chicago area breweries: Five Rabbit and Forbidden Root.
  • Randy explains why each person’s perception of beer really is an individual experience
  • We discuss some of the factors affecting taste and smell as well as the fact that an average person can distinguish a huge number of flavors.
  • Randy explains some of the complexities of taste even though it is probably one of our simplest senses.
  • We discuss the basic taste senses as well as why bitterness is special
  • He explains the nose and how it is a much more sophisticated device.
  • We talk about how our brain actually processes taste and aroma as well as memory to get something we perceive as flavors.
  • Randy also discusses how our mental state, food history and “flavor warning” patterns all play a role in the processing of flavor patterns.
  • We discuss how the sights, sounds, mood, foods we’re eating and other external factors also play a role in beer flavor.
  • Randy shares his thoughts on judging beer including ways to make the process easier.
  • We talk about “The Dopamine Rush of Whales”.
  • Randy shares some final tips on tasting beer.
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Thanks to Randy Mosher for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
iTunes Announcements: I launched a new video channel for the BeerSmith podcast on iTunes, so subscribe now! At the moment it will only feature the new widescreen episodes (#75 and up). Older episodes are available on my revamped Youtube channel. Also all of my audio episodes are on iTunes now – so grab the older episodes if you missed any.

Thoughts on the Podcast?

Leave me a comment below or visit our discussion forum to leave a comment in the podcast section there.

Subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes or BeerSmith Radio

You can listen to all of my podcast episodes streaming live around the clock on our BeerSmith Radio online radio station! You can also subscribe to the audio or video using the iTunes links below, or the feed address

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the blog and my newsletter (or use the links in the sidebar) – to get free weekly articles on home brewing.

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BeerSmith Black Friday Sale Up to 33% Off!

The BeerSmith Black Friday sale is open now and runs through Cyber Monday. Get up to 33% off on BeerSmith 3 upgrades and new licenses here. Get the worlds top selling software for beer, mead, wine and cider used by hundreds of craft breweries worldwide at a great price.

This is a great opportunity to upgrade to BeerSmith 3 if you have not done so already – and its the last time this year I’ll be offering sale pricing.The sale ends on Tuesday 27 Nov, 2018.

Join me for the BYO Boot Camp 20% Off – 22-23 Mar 2019

I’ll be teaching two full day sessions on Advanced Recipe Design at the BYO Boot Camp in Asheville, NC from 22-23 March 2019. The class is limited to 35 people per day, and you can also attend a class taught by other top brewers like John Palmer, Chris White, Gordon Strong and Michael Tonsmeire on the opposite day.

This is a great opportunity to learn about beer brewing, ingredients and recipe design in a small class environment as well as meet some outstanding brewers. You can sign up for the BYO Boot Camp here and get 20% off the Boot Camp or anything in the BYO store if you use the discount code ‘CyberBYO20’ through Cyber Monday on their website.

Thank you again for your continued support and have a great Thanksgiving and Holiday season!

Brad Smith, BeerSmith.com

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