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       Alcoholic Aroma or Flavor

    Alcoholic Aroma or Flavor


    Depending on the style of beer, an alcoholic aroma or flavor may be desirable. Certain styles of beer have a higher alcohol content which contributes to the unique aroma and/or flavor of that style.

    The cause for an alcoholic aroma or flavor is a high starting specific gravity. In other words, there is a relatively large amount of fermentable sugar which is convereted into alcohol during the fermentation process. The specific gravity can be checked with a hydrometer prior to pitching the yeast then again just before bottling to determine the alcohol level.

    Corrective Action:

    None if appropriate for style; otherwise, use less malt or corn sugar next time. You could also add more water before pitching the yeast to dilute the wort.

    Further Reading:

    Alcohol content of beer styles

    Alcohol and Calorie Content of About 200 Popular Beers

    Alcohol Weight/Volume Conversion

    Blood Alcohol Content Calculator

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