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IBU's - what do they really mean?

 
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 4:18 am    Post subject: IBU's - what do they really mean? Reply with quote

IBU (Int'l Bittering Units)


Please pardon the poor reproduction. In theory, IBU's refer to the amount of bittering hops in a beer, as a rough measure of "bitterness". But does it really? To a point, yes, but then again, maybe not. As an example we tasted three beers rated 35, 40 and 45 IBU's respectively; yet in terms of perceived bitterness we experienced in the exact reverse of their IBU ratings.

It's my understanding the other factors in a beer may compensate, balance or otherwise alter the impression of bitterness. I'll leave that up to Bear, currently hibernating...


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