Beer Decanter

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Graviz, Apr 9, 2012.

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  1. Graviz

    Graviz Initiate (170) Feb 26, 2012 Colorado

    Has anyone tried using a decanter with a beer? I wonder if it would do anything to the taste.
  2. dumptruck81

    dumptruck81 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2011 Texas

    Sorry to be a downer but I don't think it's a good idea. They're not quite airtight in most cases. You'll most likely end up with flat oxidized beer.
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  3. FosterJM

    FosterJM Poo-Bah (2,716) Nov 16, 2009 California

    There was a thread on it. Cant find it now. Somebody tried it and said it added some more bubbles but then the beer went flat very quick after that.

  4. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (4,006) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Not for storage, but if you want to pour a large bottle (750) with lots of sediment into multiple glasses without disturbing the sediment so all portions have the same flavor profile a "decanter" can be helpful.
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  5. Zimbo

    Zimbo Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2010 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    Wine and beer are too different beasts. Both great but a decanter for beer is pretty much ridiculous. For wine its often a help.
  6. PaulQuinn

    PaulQuinn Initiate (85) May 27, 2011 British Columbia (Canada)

    This. Only in this situation.
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    BJRHOMEBREW Initiate (0) Dec 18, 2008 Ohio

    I see this is an old thread but I am sitting at my desk looking at a Bells Two Hearted Box and it says on the side "Decant to Serve" which is how I stumbled on this thread. It would seem odd that they would suggest decanting if there was not some benefit.
  8. OddNotion

    OddNotion Zealot (574) Nov 1, 2009 New Jersey

    That just means to pour from one container to another - bottle to glass.
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  9. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (4,006) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Carefully to leave any sediment behind.

    But I've never seen sediment in Two Hearted. :-)
  10. JrGtr

    JrGtr Disciple (398) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    Exactly. I would never decant a beer in the wine useage of the term, where it is left to deliberately air out. However, in the event of a tasting, where you would be pouring into several glasses, I would consider it ifmthe beer does have a lot of sediment and so forth. Pour once to the decanter, then immediately distribute.
  11. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Zealot (567) Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania

    This is still Beer Advocate, right?
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  12. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (4,006) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Indeed it is.

    What is it that has you confused?
  13. FidelCashflow

    FidelCashflow Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2013 New York

    this is my beer decanter
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  14. YaKnowBrady

    YaKnowBrady Aspirant (205) Jul 23, 2010 New Jersey

    verb: decant; 3rd person present: decants; past tense: decanted; past participle:decanted; gerund or present participle: decanting
    gradually pour (liquid, typically wine or a solution) from one container into another, esp. without disturbing the sediment.

    "the wine was decanted about 40 minutes before being served"
    synonyms: pour off, draw off, siphon off, drain, tap; More

    Get yourself one of these:


    It will allow you to "Decant" your beer and retain the sediment in the bottle more successfully. They are called "lambic baskets" but will work of any beer that has been bottle conditioned, and has sediment you want left in the bottle on the pour.

    Wine decanters also aerate the wine, which you don't want to do to the beer.
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