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Alcoholic Smell in Soaker...Good or Bad?

April 14, 2009 - 10:29pm -- celestica
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First I'll say thanks to everyone for being so experienced and helpful.  I have a question.


When I soak whole grains/chops/flakes/coarse flour with water and a little yeast sometimes I get a boozy beer smell that reminds me of cleaning up after a busy night of bartending.  Stale beer.  It is rather pungent and I was wondering why this happens.  Is it normal or desirable?  Sometimes I use potato water or a little malt powder in the soaker with the yeast to give them something more to eat.

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