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Getting the Best from GMP Flavour Standards

Getting the Best from GMP Flavour Standards
GMP Flavour Standards are easy to use, but like everything there are a few tips and tricks to help you use them like an expert.

Easy Release

  • Push the capsule on the ends when it’s in the blister pack — this helps it to burst through the foil seal protecting it
  • The cardboard is designed to be disposable — if it gets wet or crumpled the capsules are still protected
  • The capsules are less brittle in our GMP packaging — you can be slightly more forceful in pulling them apart
  • Resist the temptation to use a capsule from a pierced blister — use a fresh one instead
  • Only push out the capsules you need for training — leave the ones you don’t need in the blister packs.

Making Your Samples

  • Add the contents of a capsule to 200ml of liquid first; this allows you to easily swirl the powder and mix the contents before topping up to 1 litre, ensuring an even dispersal of flavour. If you pour directly into 1 litre and leave it to stand some of the flavour won’t fully disperse.
  • Pour into liquid, not onto foam. Some beverages create quite a large amount of foam, if you pour a GMP Flavour Standard into foam the powder can get trapped in it. Wait for the foam to reduce and make sure it all goes into the liquid.
  • Don’t worry if all the powder doesn’t dissolve — most if not all of the flavour has been released and some of the bulking agents we use to help the powder flow take longer to dissolve. Just wait for 5 minutes as normal before tasting.
  • Taste within 5–20 minutes — our flavours are stabilised in a powder form however once in a liquid they behave like flavours again. Some will escape from a beverage if left for too long.
  • Each capsule produces the recommended training level for beverages in general, however some products may require more or less flavour. Strong ales, certain soft drinks and ciders can all mask some flavours very well. Additional capsules or one of our specialised products might help.
  • If you get a blister pack wet it won’t affect the other capsules if they are still in their blister pockets.

After Tasting

  • GMP Blister Packs can be recycled — just hold the pack inside our and remove the cardboard securing the plastic blister pockets. Re-cycle the cardboard normally, the plastic pockets should be disposed of in normal waste.
  • Capsules are food grade and can be disposed of in normal waste as well.
  • Once you’ve finished with the GMP Flavour Standards store them in a cool dry place away from strong odours and direct light. This will help keep them in perfect condition.

Never be afraid to ask for help — FlavorActiV’s team of Global Sensory Managers are here to assist you in your training and are capable of speaking over 15 different languages.

World Brewing Congress Poster Presentation

World Brewing Congress Poster Presentation

The poster presentation that Boris Gadzov, Director of Global Sensory Management, gave during his visit to the World Brewing Congress  in Portland is now available to view. The title of the poster is ‘Development and validation of an assay method for phenolic flavour compounds in beer flavour standards’. To see the poster please click here.

For more information about our presentation or the World Brewing Congress please email Boris on


World Brewing Congress 2012

Director of Global Sensory Management Boris Gadzov will be attending the World Brewing Congress 2012 in Portland  , USA. Boris will be presentational a poster titled Development and validation of an assay method for phenolic flavour compounds in beer flavour standards. To listen to an abstract of the presentation please click here.

For more information about our presentation or the World Brewing Congress please email Boris on



New updated Beer Flavour Standards FlavorFiles

New updated Beer Flavour Standards FlavorFiles

We have improved and updated our Beer Flavour Standards FlavorFiles. These FlavorFiles offer guidance on the best techniques to detect the different Beer Flavour Standards, as well as explaining the flavours’ importance and origin.


You can download our new Beer Flavour Standard Flavorfiles

13th IBD Conference Uganda 2011 – Poster Download

The 13th IBD Africa Convention, “Africa – Endless Possibilities”, was held at the Lake Victoria Serena, Uganda, during Sunday March 6th to Friday 11th, 2011.

Our Taster Management Adviser Evelyne Canterranne  presented a poster and conducted a taste workshop during the conference. IBD Uganda Poster 2011

Beer Flavour Wheel Poster

We’ve produced a poster for our customers to download, you can print this out and place it in your tasting rooms as a training aid for your tasters.

You can find the PDF copy for download here: Beer Flavour Wheel Poster

Food and Drink News Article November 2010

In November 2010 we had an article published in Food and Drink News Magazine.

Titled – The Hidden Talent of Tasting, it covered the vital area of taster selection and that many tasters are not from a background in tasting but are average brewery and beverage employees.

You can download a copy of the article here: Food and Drink News Article November 2010

Brewers Guardian – Reinventing the Wheel

In April 2010 we contributed to Brewer’s Guardian Magazine in an article titled – Reinventing the Wheel. Our Managing Director Richard Boughton provided insight into where the next direction of the traditional Beer Flavour Wheel was headed.

“We have to put in place a flavour language which builds on what Morten Meilgaard originally did,” says Richard Boughton, managing directorof FlavorActiV, a global supplier of beer flavour training and products. “The work done by Meilgaard was a fantasticstep forward … but since then we have moved on massively from the flavour wheel with the flavour language now used by our brewery customers..”

You can download a PDF copy of the Article here: Brewers Guardian Article March-April 2010 Reinventing the Wheel