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Guard against the dark forces that gather around your brew with the mischievous power to send hours of your effort down the drain. Check your troubled beer’s symptoms against the descriptions in this section, find out what went wrong, and learn how to fix it.

Guard against the dark forces that gather around your brew with the mischievous power to send hours of your effort down the drain. Check your troubled beer’s symptoms against the descriptions in this section, find out what went wrong, and learn how to fix it.

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Appearance Problems
Appearance: Hazy or Cloudy Beer
Appearance: Poor Head Formation or Retention
Appearance: Visible Rings Inside Bottle Neck
Appearance: Visible Rope-Like Strands in Beer
Aroma Problems
Aroma: Alcoholic or Solvent-like
Aroma: Butter or Butterscotch
Aroma: Cardboard, Stale, or Leather
Aroma: Enteric or Barnyard-like
Aroma: Excessively Hoppy
Aroma: Freshly-cut Apple or Cider
Aroma: Freshly-cut Grass
Aroma: Fruity, Banana, or Bubblegum
Aroma: Meaty or Broth-like
Aroma: Musty or Moldy
Aroma: Rotten Eggs
Aroma: Skunky or Cat-like
Aroma: Soapy, Rancid, or Fatty
Aroma: Spicy, Smoky, or Medicinal
Aroma: Vegetal or Cooked Corn
Aroma: Yeasty, Sulfury, or Rubbery
Carbonation Problems
Carbonation: Beer Foams From Bottle
Carbonation: Flat beer
Fermentation Problems
Fermentation: High Final Gravity
Fermentation: Never-ending Fermentation
Fermentation: No Fermentation
Fermentation: Stuck Fermentation
Flavor Problems
Flavor: Excessively Sweet
Flavor: Medicinal, Phenolic, or Plastic
Flavor: Metallic or Blood
Flavor: Salty, Harsh, or Bitter
Flavor: Sour Like Olives or Pickles
Flavor: Sour or Acidic
Mouthfeel Problems
Mouthfeel: Astringent, Dry, or Puckering
Mouthfeel: Dry, Powdery, or Harshly Grainy
Mouthfeel: Thin or Lacks Body