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Decanting Beer?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by SweetWaterIPA, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. SweetWaterIPA

    SweetWaterIPA Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2009 Georgia

    Has anyone ever decanted a beer? If so what are the advantages? Does it make sense to decant a beer a possibly loose that carbonation?
  2. SweetWaterIPA

    SweetWaterIPA Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2009 Georgia

    Can anyone agree that decanting does not make sense since you loose the carbonation from the beer?
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  3. SupremePie

    SupremePie Initiate (0) Sep 30, 2012 Vermont

    Yeah, I wouldn't really decant due to the loss of carbonation...
  4. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,188) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Put it in a blender to aerate it.
  5. ncaudle

    ncaudle Defender (602) May 28, 2010 Virginia
    Beer Trader

    the only beer I decant is my homebrew BA Imp Stout, but that's because I over-primed it when bottling...
  6. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Disciple (331) Sep 14, 2011 Missouri

    Decanting has different meanings. Beers with sediment should be decanted, meaning that they should be poured slowly into an alternate vessel so as not to disturb the sediment and leave the sediment behind in the first vessel. The alternate vessel could be the glass you intend to drink it from. You could also pour bottles or draft into serving vessels such as pitchers. Their will definitely be some loss of carbonation in decanting, but just pouring a beer into a glass also loses carbonation. So yes, decanting is appropriate for some beer service. It also will cause loss of carbonation.
  7. Creetoper

    Creetoper Initiate (48) Jul 7, 2011 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    I bought a wine carafe for this very reason. I doubt that, with a gentle pour into the alternate vessel, a noticeable loss of carbonation would occur. I tend to do this for any beer that has sediment and I've never had a bad experience.
  8. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    i like this idea a lot, especially with a thicker stout with more viscosity or a barleywine. Definitely worth an experiment.
  9. podunkparte

    podunkparte Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2009 Washington

    Seems like you all like cleaning extra glasses. Why not just pour into your favorite glass and let it sit if you're looking for a higher temp or less carbonation?
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  10. cmmcdonn

    cmmcdonn Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2009 Virginia

    because it's not as fancy!!!
  11. Morakaton

    Morakaton Initiate (0) May 6, 2013 Michigan

    I iust tried decanting a barleywine, took down most of the carbonation and made the beer alot more smooth and creamy. It's worth a try, especially since I got the beer on clearance =D
  12. hooliganlife

    hooliganlife Meyvn (1,311) Apr 12, 2007 Missouri
    Beer Trader

    it is popular among gueze and lambic. as stated a few posts up, it allows for less sediment when pouring.
  13. Gueuze_Goon

    Gueuze_Goon Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2013 Colorado

    Works very well for Mamouche I have learned, really changes it for the better.
  14. NeoSmeers

    NeoSmeers Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2014 Alberta (Canada)

    To revive a long dead thread, I have a mikkeller black fist that comes with instructions "to decant like wine". So that sounds like letting it sit in a vessel for a bit.
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  15. Homers_Beer_Odyssey

    Homers_Beer_Odyssey Initiate (0) Jun 17, 2014 New York

    I don't get it. Beer should be poured into a glass. Is the question whether to first pour it into a decanted, then from the decanter into a glass? Sounds redundant.
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  16. Jnashed

    Jnashed Aspirant (239) Feb 14, 2014 Virginia

    Perhaps the other thread about jumping the shark is true....
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  17. Hop-Droppen-Roll

    Hop-Droppen-Roll Zealot (537) Nov 5, 2013 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    My understanding was always that pouring something into a glass was decanting it... I guess my mom's been drinking wine wrong for years!
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  18. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,200) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Decanting a beer is basically pouring it out of the bottle gently and with a minimum of agitation of sediment and release of carbonation. So its a slow, gentle pour that involves no "glug," "glug," "glug."

    I started doing this routinely with bottle conditioned beers after I found out that some breweries use a different yeast for bottle conditioning than they use for brewing the beer in the first place so getting the flavors of the sediment do change the beer.

    With a non-carbonated beverage (e.g., wine, etc) its fine to pour into a separate container for storage and then re-pouring later on. However, with a carbonated beverage the beer goes directly into the glass. The exception to this is when I'm sharing a bomber (22 oz) or 750 ml size bottle. Then I'll decant very gently (to minimize loss of carbonation) into a small pitcher from which I'll then re-pour the beer into glasses, but this time pouring a bit more vigorously so as to help create a head on the beer.
  19. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,200) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Depends on how you pour. Decanting simply means pouring gently to avoid disturbing any sediment, if any, so no sediment no need to decant.
    #19 drtth, Sep 23, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2015
  20. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,200) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Decanting simply means to pour gently without agitating any possible sediment in the beer, so no extra glassware needed.
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  21. tillmac62

    tillmac62 Meyvn (1,474) Oct 2, 2013 South Carolina
    Beer Trader

    When you transfer a beer from one container to another, you may pour it very gently (decant) or more aggressively to allow head formation. The more gently you pour, the less carbonation you lose.
  22. busternuggz

    busternuggz Zealot (528) Mar 9, 2008 California

    Decanting "like beer", as others have said, is pouring gently in order to avoid pouring off sediment into the glass. Decanting "like wine" is to pour it into a decanter and let it sit a while, as you said OP. Using a decanter serves the same purpose as beer decanting (retaining sediment) and also let's the beverage in question aerate. So I guess Mikkeller is suggesting this beer benefits from aerating and "opening up" the way wine does.
  23. john0721

    john0721 Zealot (555) Jun 12, 2005 California

    In my experience, some high to very high ABV beers do benefit from short term oxidation. Much like wine, some of the boozy harshness, starts to fade as it oxidizes, allowing some of its other flavors to come through more clearly.

    Having said that, I've never decanted a beer. ( pouring it into another vessel ). I might open it and let it breathe a bit in the bottle.

    More likely, I just pour myself a glass and drink it slowly ( we are talking high ABV ), allowing the rest to sit in the bottle. As I work my way through the bottle, I note how it changes after exposure to the air.
    #23 john0721, Sep 23, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2015
  24. iAmLarski

    iAmLarski Initiate (0) Jun 17, 2016

    I may be redundant and if so I'm sorry for that, however the first reason to decant a wine is to remove sediment, the second is to aerate. That said if you want to remove the yeasty goodness from the bottom of your beer then go ahead, I prefer mixing it in.
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