L1.3 Fermented Foods

Brewers take extra steps to ensure that their beer

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Unformatted text preview: e amounts of chemicals to pass to the olfactory receptor in the top of your sinuses. Your tongue does not detect flavors. Sensory Properties: Touch and Mouthfeel OK, so you probably shouldn’t touch your wine with your hands and fingers. That doesn’t mean, however, that the sense of touch is not involved with assessing wine or beer. Generally, we consider touch sensations occurring in the mouth and throat as mouthfeel. One of the most common mouthfeel sensations associated with wine is astringency, a slight to moderate throat- drying sensation caused by compounds called tannins in the wine. Beer occasionally causes a similar sensation. Mouthfeel can also relate to the perceived thickness of a wine or beer when consumed. In particular, beer can be described as light- bodied like a Diet Coke or chewy like a nice cup of liquid bread. Sensory Properties: Sight One of the most important senses involved in shaping your expectations about a beer or wine is sight. If the product does not have the right color or is too cloudy, then it will likely be rejected. Oxygen is the enemy of wine. Oxygen not only attacks and changes the flavor of wine, but it also causes an orangish or brownish color to develop in the wine. This process is known as oxidation, and it severely reduces wine quality. One of the biggest problems in beer is cloudiness or haziness because people expect clear beer. Brewers take extra steps to ensure that their beer meets the clarity expectations of their consumers. Sensory Properties: Hearing You might not think hearing is important for evaluating beer or wine, but it is actually very important. If you open a beer and do not hear that pffssst sound of carbonation escaping under pressure, then you are probably going to think it is flat. Obviously flat beer is generally considered undesirable. What if you hear the same pffssst sound when you open a bottle of wine? Unless you are drinking Champagne, this is a bad sign for still wines. What if your Champagne cork does not pop? You are probably going to think there is something wrong with your Champagne … plus the fun factor was just signif...
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