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# The sweetness of a beer is determined by its balance between

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The sweetness of a beer is determined by its balance between unfermented malt sugars, which add sweetness, and hops, which add bitterness. When deciding among a number of recipes, therefore, a homebrewer who is interested in minimizing the sweetness of his or her beer would choose the recipe that contains the least amount of unfermented malt sugars.

Which of the following, if true, gives the strongest support to the recommendation above?

A. The single most important factor in determining the character of a beer's flavor is its degree of sweetness.
B. There is no significant difference in cost between recipes that result in a high amount of unfermented malt sugar and those that result in a low amount of unfermented malt sugar.
C. The amount of hops used is the same in all the available recipes.
D. Most homebrewers are interested in minimizing the sweetness of the beer they brew.
E. It is possible for homebrewers to brew a beer that is less sweet than most commercially available beers.
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The sweetness of a beer is determined by its balance between unfermented malt sugars, which add sweetness, and hops, which add bitterness. When deciding among a number of recipes, therefore, a homebrewer who is interested in minimizing the sweetness of his or her beer would choose the recipe that contains the least amount of unfermented malt sugars.

Which of the following, if true, gives the strongest support to the recommendation above?

A. The single most important factor in determining the character of a beer's flavor is its degree of sweetness.
We dont care.. doesn't strengthen the argument at all

B. There is no significant difference in cost between recipes that result in a high amount of unfermented malt sugar and those that result in a low amount of unfermented malt sugar.
Passage doesnt say anything about the costs

C. The amount of hops used is the same in all the available recipes.
ok so, if the amount of hops used is same in ALL available recipes, then the only way to minimise the sweetness of the beer is to choose a recipe that contains less amount of unfermented malt sugar.

D. Most homebrewers are interested in minimizing the sweetness of the beer they brew.
We dont care if most are or all are or some are, whoever is what is the method he would utilise

E. It is possible for homebrewers to brew a beer that is less sweet than most commercially available beers.
ok thats good, but how would he do that in line with the given facts? no info.
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02 Apr 2020, 02:18
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The sweetness of a beer is determined by its balance between unfermented malt sugars, which add sweetness, and hops, which add bitterness. When deciding among a number of recipes, therefore, a homebrewer who is interested in minimizing the sweetness of his or her beer would choose the recipe that contains the least amount of unfermented malt sugars.

Which of the following, if true, gives the strongest support to the recommendation above?

A. The single most important factor in determining the character of a beer's flavor is its degree of sweetness.
B. There is no significant difference in cost between recipes that result in a high amount of unfermented malt sugar and those that result in a low amount of unfermented malt sugar.
C. The amount of hops used is the same in all the available recipes.
D. Most homebrewers are interested in minimizing the sweetness of the beer they brew.
E. It is possible for homebrewers to brew a beer that is less sweet than most commercially available beers.

Reasoning: A Homebrewer who is interested to reduce the sweetness of his or her beer would choose the recipe that contains the least amount of unfermented mail sugars. This is based on the fact that sweetness is determined by matl sugar and bitterness by hops.
Pre-think:- Any new information that supports the recommendation in line with the facts stated in the passage will increase our belief in the recommendation. (e.g there is no other option than reducing the malt to decrease the sweetness. In other words, hops has been already there in the beer so amount of malt that goes in decides the sweetness)

A. The single most important factor in determining the character of a beer's flavor is its degree of sweetness.
Irrelevant. This talks about the single most important factor determining the flavor of the beer. This implies there are other options of flavour too. the argument is not concerned about flavors. It is concerned about one thing "sweetness"

B. There is no significant difference in cost between recipes that result in a high amount of unfermented malt sugar and those that result in a low amount of unfermented malt sugar.
Out of Scope. Cost not at all talked in the argument. Hence no link to the reasoning.

C The amount of hops used is the same in all the available recipes.
Correct. This goes along the lines of pre-thinking. If hop used is the same then the only option left is to control the sweetness is by using malt.

D. Most homebrewers are interested in minimizing the sweetness of the beer they brew.
Misleading option: This info goes along with the already given premise that the homebrewer is interested in minimizing sweetness.

E. It is possible for homebrewers to brew a beer that is less sweet than most commercially available beers.
Irrelevant. Less sweet than commercially available beers???... another category of beers (commercially available) is not talked in the argument hence doesn't relate back to the reasoning.
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