23 June 2008

Bitter is better

What is the correct amount and appropriate kind of bitterness in beer? It is a question of taste. This subject is known to have fueled some hot debates. “Bitter” has been and continues to be an important adjective for describing beer. The acids found in the bittering substances of hops are primarily responsible for this. Most beers exhibit a bitterness between 20 and 50 bittering units. However, bitterness is an extremely complex concept, and one which presents both sensory and analytical challenges.

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