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Offline nateo

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Re: IBU scales, why so different
« Reply #15 on: September 14, 2012, 08:21:51 AM »
If one also knows that your perception can only discern a difference of about 4 to 8 IBUs (depending on who you read), then there is not much point in stessing too much over it.

I make beers with basically three levels of bitterness, 10-20, 40-50, 80+. I could probably tell smaller differences, but for my system, and my tastes, those are my rules-of-thumb for bitterness.
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Re: IBU scales, why so different
« Reply #16 on: September 14, 2012, 08:27:09 AM »
It seems to me that our concept of hoppiness is shifting away from IBUs and bitterness.  Hopping a beer later in the process to make flavor/aroma bombs with a lighter emphasis on true "bittering additions" is a focus on hop oils and other delicates in hops.  I wonder if the chest thumping around 100+IBUs bbers will eventually give way to oil content and some undefined future unit of aroma.

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Re: IBU scales, why so different
« Reply #17 on: September 14, 2012, 09:31:10 AM »
I wonder if the chest thumping around 100+IBUs bbers will eventually give way to oil content and some undefined future unit of aroma.

Kinda like how florists use International Prettiness Units to rate their flowers?
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