All this sediment in my vintage brew? Help.

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by BourbonBarrelBeerBelly, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. BourbonBarrelBeerBelly

    BourbonBarrelBeerBelly Feb 13, 2013 Washington
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    I just grabbed a bottle of the vintage 2008 Lee's Harvest aged in sherry barrels.. And honestly, I'm pretty much a newb when it comes to the ways of beer. But I noticed a TON of sediment floating around in my beer. I'm guessing it's just yeast, but also want to make sure it isn't potentially something else. So do y'all advise that one would drink the yeast, or whatever it is? Thanks again.

  2. BedetheVenerable

    BedetheVenerable Sep 5, 2008 Missouri

    I've seen a lot of sediment in the JW Lee's beer, esp. the aged ones. Let it sit overnight in the fridge to settle out a bit, then pour carefully the next day, leaving the sediment carefully in the bottle. It won't kill you (or even make you sick) if you get some in the glass, but it won't be that tasty either. Enjoy!
  3. beerinmaine

    beerinmaine Jun 20, 2009 Maine

  4. jhartley

    jhartley Aug 22, 2010 Florida
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    Although I am unfamiliar with the beer you are drinking; Founders Curmudgeon has tons of, not what I would call sediment, but there is something floating in it and at first I was a lil ascared, but after that first smell and taste...No worries!
  5. Droogins

    Droogins Sep 4, 2012 Massachusetts

    Let the beer sit for an hour or so, decant the cleared beer into a snifter, and then dump the rest directly into your mouth. It's as good an introduction as any.
  6. barleyswine

    barleyswine Feb 27, 2012 Kansas

    I just drank a 2006 harvest sherry cask. It was loaded with sediment. I drank the shit out of it. Sediment like it was orbitz soda
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  7. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener Jul 28, 2009 Illinois
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    Nothing that can hurt you can live in beer.
  8. RDMII

    RDMII Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    Please, do not chill a JW Lee's beer. Room temp only.
  9. BourbonBarrelBeerBelly

    BourbonBarrelBeerBelly Feb 13, 2013 Washington
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    Just cracked it open last night. What an unpleasant, overly sweet experience. Incredibly disappointed.
  10. Ish1

    Ish1 Feb 25, 2010 Minnesota
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    Why not? It may get a little chill haze, but other than that, what are your concerns? Curious.
  11. forgetfu

    forgetfu Jul 27, 2007 Colorado
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    On a 1989 Selection Lambic, I had a one inch of growth at the top of my liquid and a green fuzzy cork that would disagree with you.
  12. BourbonBarrelBeerBelly

    BourbonBarrelBeerBelly Feb 13, 2013 Washington
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    I'm literally about to dump out the rest of this Harvest Sherry... It was disgusting.
  13. jtmartino

    jtmartino Dec 11, 2010 California
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    First time trying it? That's how it's supposed to taste. Maybe traditional English barleywines aren't your thing.

    You's ignant son. Chilll it to cold crash the yeast out of solution, then let it warm a bit before drinking. Beer 101.
  14. RDMII

    RDMII Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    I was referring to drinking it chilled. Relax guys.
  15. Ish1

    Ish1 Feb 25, 2010 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    Nice attempt at a recovery ;)
  16. kdb150

    kdb150 Mar 8, 2012 Pennsylvania

    It helps to be careful when carrying bottles from cellar to kitchen. I've noticed a great improvement in sediment amounts after really taking care not to disturb the contents during transport.

    In most beers it won't hurt anything, although too much of it can have a negative effect on flavor in some beers. Drinking it may also have a negative effect on whoever has to share a bed with you later.
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