The other day I was talking with a homebrewing pal about a beer that another homebrewer made. This beer had some serious cigar texture and flavors, a little tobacco-y and also I could taste some graininess. When I say graininess I mean a grainy texture, a little chalky I suppose, as if the grain was floating around in the beer. My pal suggested that the graininess is a type of off-flavor and the cigar texture could be as well. I said, "But I really don't mind tasting the graininess in this beer." It seemed to compliment the other qualities in the beer, plus I can remember tasting a few commercial beers quite recently where I could taste some graininess. In one of my beer books, graininess is an off-flavor caused by poor grain crushing, over-sparging, or even too high of a pH in the mash. This got us to talking briefly about what exactly is an off-flavor and when they are appropriate?
Now, I'd be curious to know what you all think? Ever had a beer that has off-flavors that you didn't mind? Obviously sourness and vegetable off-flavors can come in handy at times, but what about some of the others? What do you think?
Anyway, please share with me, some of your examples of off-flavors gone right...I'm curious to know...
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