Improving the taste of beer -- new patent application

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Just came across this and thought it would be of interest to the group.
  It is a patent application for the use of minerals and chemicals to
improve the taste of beer -- not only when it is diluted, but also full
strength beers.

http://www.freshpatents.com/Beer-additive-and-method-dt20070531ptan20070122522.php?type=description and here's the 'tinyurl' in case it breaks: http://tinyurl.com/24nuup
Cheers.

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http://www.freshpatents.com/Beer-additive-and-method-dt20070531ptan20070122522.php?type=description
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The short version:

Watering down beer to make a low alcohol version also waters down the
flavor/taste.  The "invention" is that if you add minerals to the beer, then
it will compensate somewhat for the reduction of flavor/taste.  Additionally,
if you add minerals to any strength beer, they will enhance the flavor/taste
perception..

The minerals listed include:
calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sodium, chlorine, boron,
chromium, cobalt, copper, iodine, lithium, manganese, molybdenum, nickel,
selenium, tin, vanadium, zinc, and iron.


John.

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Sounds strangely like Burton water salts. Does that count as prior
art?
The USPTO is screwed up.

T


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Reads that way to me too.  I'd think you'd want Burtonized water
in the boil so maximize hops extraction - at least for a
full-strength beer.

Dick

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Midwest Homebrewing's page -- http://tinyurl.com/22jjv9 -- says that
Burton Salts consists of "A mixture of potassium chloride, Epsom salts,
and gypsum."  Now, I don't know if 'Epsom salts' contains most or all of
the above list, so maybe it's the same ... or maybe it's NOT.

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It's not their fault.  It's an _application_; the patent has NOT be
granted YET, as far as I know.  If it's prior art, then I suspect the
patent won't be granted.

Bill Velek -- Grow hops? Visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Grow-Hops
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Epsom salts is a common term for magnesium sulphate; gypsum is calcium
sulphate dihydrate.  IANAL, but the patent application seems to include
substantive differences from existing brewing additives, and
additionally that the minimization of dilution's impact on taste is
a non-obvious application.

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Edwin Meese made me wear CORDOVANS!!

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"improve the taste of beer"???? Thats ridiculous, & maybe blasphemous.
Beer is perfection. I'm with the Germans, Beer should be water,hops &
barley. If it has anything else in it it's not beer (except yeast of
course)


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   Yeah, you're right, those Belgians (sugar and other
things) and British (ditto) sure don't know anything
about brewing beer.
--
Joel Plutchak                   "They're not people, they're HIPPIES!"
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