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Alcoholic Aroma or Flavor
Cause: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
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