Do you drink the dregs?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by PourMore, Oct 22, 2015.


When my beer has settled particles in toward the bottom of the bottle, I tend to...

  1. pour the whole beer into my glass and drink it all together.

    119 vote(s)
  2. pour only the clear portion into my glass, and the rest goes down the drain (or to brewing project).

    39 vote(s)
  3. pour the clear portion and drink that for a while, then add the rest to observe any flavor changes.

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  1. PourMore

    PourMore Initiate (93) Oct 4, 2014 Florida

    Sorry if this poll already exists. Looked around, didn't see one. I know there are definitely threads on it, but possibly no polls.

    I know some people will want to say "depends on the style", but try to select what you do most of the time.
  2. Das_Reh

    Das_Reh Disciple (332) Mar 25, 2013 Florida

    Depends on the style :wink:
  3. Hop-Droppen-Roll

    Hop-Droppen-Roll Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2013 Minnesota

    Usually I'll pour the clear beer and swig that last half inch or so. It doesn't typically fit in my glass anyway.
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  4. Raime

    Raime Meyvn (1,310) Jun 4, 2012 Korea (North)

    Drink the whole thing including the particles.
  5. pat61

    pat61 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2010 Minnesota

    Hefeweizen - pour and then drip the yeast on the top of the head. Other bottled conditioned beer, pour the dregs into the last glass and enjoy.
  6. Lucular

    Lucular Poo-Bah (4,039) Jun 20, 2014 Maryland
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    I pour most of the beer into the glass, swirl the last ounce or so around to collect any yeast or other sediment, dump it in the glass and drink it all together.

    I do this out of habit with all beers although I suppose there's no point doing this with filtered beers.
  7. ratrod53

    ratrod53 Initiate (0) Oct 10, 2010 Indiana

    all together 99% of the time. Now that I have a dog I give the last little bit to him.
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  8. didgeboy

    didgeboy Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2006 Washington

    pour 90%, taste. swirl to release "lees" from bottle conditioning, pour into glass, re-taste. Better or worse? if its not better stop doing it. If it is better, then you have your answer. Cheers!
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  9. drtth

    drtth Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    There's a fourth option.

    With a bottle conditioned beer (not hefeweizen where the yeast is supposed to be mixed in) I always decant. Especially since I see several respected brewers put instructions or pics on the bottle about leaving the sediment behind when you pour. But even if there isn't a picture or instructions I still decant ever since I learned that many brewers use a different yeast for bottle conditioning than is used in the brewing process. That BC yeast may have a different flavor profile than the brewing yeast and change the flavors in the beer.

    As for the sediment from the bottle, sometimes I'll pour it into a small glass on the side and then after I finish the beer I'll follow the beer with the "shot" of yeast and pour it down into me. It does, after all, have lots of useful B Vitamins in it and may have some other health benefits.
    #9 drtth, Oct 22, 2015
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  10. elektrikjester

    elektrikjester Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2008 Georgia

    I pour and drink my beers exactly as @drtth describes.
  11. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    I picked 3 because when pouring you will usually have a time to wait while the head falls and that means that about 3 or so ounces of the beer are left in the bottle. I always taste it first and then pour the rest in.
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  12. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Poo-Bah (2,011) Jul 2, 2014 New Jersey
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    I stopped doing it because id pour the whole thing at once and after seeing all the bits floating around, it freaked me out lol.
  13. rjd722

    rjd722 Initiate (0) Nov 17, 2013 Maryland

    I'll ultimately use the entire thing; initially pour about 3/4 of the bottle and then swirl the rest so that it somewhat blends and then our it on top.
  14. Beer_Line

    Beer_Line Aspirant (298) May 29, 2015 California

    I usually pour all my stout and lambic whalez into a cocktail shaker and give it a good 30 second shake before quaffing anyways...
  15. Beer_Line

    Beer_Line Aspirant (298) May 29, 2015 California

    Also, I once drank the dregs of a bourbon county keg, it was pretty intense. I would not suggest it
  16. Spindletop

    Spindletop Initiate (72) Jun 4, 2003 Massachusetts

    Only if it's a wheat beer of some kind. If it's a sour beer, the dregs may go into something I have fermenting. Otherwise, they get dumped to help avoid excessive flatulence.
  17. hezagenius

    hezagenius Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2011 Iowa

    Unless it is a hefe, I never pour the dregs into the glass. I can usually notice a flavor change when they are present and it is almost always bad to me. On occasion, I may try them separately, but usually I just dump them. I sometime culture the dregs into yeast starters, but usually only with Heady.
  18. Beer_Guano

    Beer_Guano Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2015 California

    The Whole thing! I usually end up drinking the last bit from the bottle as there usually insn't enough room in the glass. Its not always a good thing but I can't help myself. :grinning:
  19. tillmac62

    tillmac62 Poo-Bah (1,830) Oct 2, 2013 South Carolina

    I can't believe I drank the whole
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  20. deleted_user_950283

    deleted_user_950283 Crusader (796) Feb 25, 2015

    the particulate in the bottom of a bottle of beer is still beer
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  21. nicholasofcusa

    nicholasofcusa Initiate (198) Jan 14, 2006 Florida

    Every last drop.
  22. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Defender (660) Jan 14, 2008 Virginia

    Dregs of a bottle: I honestly don't care. Thy will be drank.
    Dregs of a keg: Backwash from the bottom of a keg... just blech.
  23. 1beerbaron

    1beerbaron Initiate (44) Mar 24, 2009 Ohio

    No! Basically, only hefeweizen would I drink the dregs, but at that point they're not really dregs.
  24. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,380) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    How does a keg get "backwash?" :grinning: Are you speaking of a home-brew keg with settled out yeast? In that case, the vitamin B is worth the turbid goodness! :wink:
  25. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,774) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    I do and I love 'em. With most 750's, you essentially get 4 glasses. The first two are dreg-free, so you get that if you want. I go all-in with the last two pours. I usually enjoy it (some, like Fou Foune = divine), but occasionally not as much.
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  26. laketang

    laketang Poo-Bah (1,517) Mar 22, 2015 Arizona

    im not that scientific yet to drink clear pour first, then add rest later, but that could change as I learn more about drinking great beer. but for now, pour and drink up all contents !
  27. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (3,397) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Yeah, I too love big bottles with the final pour with all the yeast and muck in my glass. That's the best IMO, most of the time. A few off beers with the bottom muck, but rare.
  28. raynmoon

    raynmoon Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado

    With Sante Adairius Wild ales, having them the day of bottle release when they are still cloudy as hell is always the best. If not, mix the bottle up a touch to get the sediment in there. Adds so much of any added fruit's and adds texture and mouthfeel.
  29. Brolo75

    Brolo75 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2013 California

    Pour the whole beer unless it doesn't all fit in the glass, I'm not worried about the "dregs."
  30. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (8,054) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming

  31. Kuaff

    Kuaff Initiate (0) Mar 31, 2013 Alaska

    Drink the dregs! Drink the dregs!

    It's a tongue twister if you repeat it enough times fast. Eventually it becomes "dink the regs" or "rink the degs."
  32. sinkas

    sinkas Initiate (92) Jul 9, 2008 Australia

    "They aint gunna drink themselves"
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  33. scxcrunner

    scxcrunner Zealot (569) Aug 24, 2013 Massachusetts

    pour the clear beer in to the glass then drink the last bit/sediment from the bottle/can. Though if its aged i typically drain pour the sediment, too rough for me.
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  34. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,954) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Yup! Especially if there is yeast in the sediment. Yeast has a flavor, which will impact the flavor/finish of the beer (mostly in a bad way). If it's not a hefeweizen, do like you said- drink it separately.
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  35. gregcordle

    gregcordle Zealot (508) Apr 20, 2008 Ohio

    Sorry I'm gonna Grandpa up here. Back in the old days we were taught not to do it. Nobody wants that yeast bite they said. I used to cringe when I'd hand my bomber to a cashier and she'd shake it scanning it and set it on its side as it glides down the conveyor. Since Heady though, and other beers in cans I've become less worried about a little cloudiness.
  36. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,430) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    I voted the third poll option. And, to answer the thread title: "Hell yeah, dawg! Get you yo vitamins and shit!"
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  37. MicTar

    MicTar Initiate (0) Jul 20, 2015 Texas

    All at once. Enjoying a Hefeweizen right now with some nice white flakes floating in it. Yummy
  38. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Poo-Bah (1,843) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa
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    Dregs are still beer and you should always finish every beer. There are sober kids in Africa finish your beer.
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  39. manfromanotherplace

    manfromanotherplace Initiate (0) May 19, 2015 New York

    Get a good barrel aged beer and the bottom is the best part!always tricks me into needing a fresh one every time.....
  40. 1ale_man

    1ale_man Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2015 Texas

    I voted #1. That's all I've ever known. Aftee reading this thread, I will now try the suggestions that you folks have provided. Thanks BA's.
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