Monday, March 5, 2007

Good Beer Not Just a Matter of Taste reports something that we beer judges* have known all along:

Good beer is not something you should think about. Knowing what's in a beer, or who made it, can taint your taste buds, a new study finds.


The tasters were divided into three groups. One tasted the samples “blind,” with no knowledge of the secret ingredient. A second group found out about the vinegar before tasting the MIT brew. The third group learned of the additive immediately after tasting the special brew, but before indicating a preference between the two beers.

The blind group preferred the MIT brew over the regular beer significantly more than either of the informed groups. Apparently, vinegar can improve a beer’s taste, the scientists said.

Read the entire article here.

*BJCP National #C0481

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