Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/10/19

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Subject: [Leica] When good beer goes bad
From: "C.L.Zeni" <>
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2001 08:43:43 -0400

Way off topic, but might add light to the suds discussion:

 > The mystery of "skunky" beer has been solved by a team of chemists led
 > by the University of North Carolina's Malcolm D. Forbes. Many
 > afficionados of the malted beverage think that beer goes bad when
 > mishandled. ""Historically, beer has been stored in brown or green
 > bottles to protect hop-derived compounds from light in a process we call
 > photodegradation,"" said Forbes. Hops give the beer its flavor and
 > protects it by inhibiting bacterial growth. But certain elements of
 > hops, known as isohumulones, are light-sensitive, and their breakdown
 > can lead to an offensive flavor and smell. Forbes and his team used
 > sophisticated analytical chemistry techniques to track the reaction, and
 > found that one of the end-products is what the team calls a "skunky
 > thiol." As it turns out, the chemical is related to the funky ones in
 > skunk glands. The research is reported in the Nov. 5 issue of the
 > European journal Chemistry.

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