Draft vs. Bottled (or canned)

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  1. terrapinmark

    terrapinmark Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2010 Ohio

    Do you really see a difference? Is zombie dust/pliney/whatever draft better than bottled when on an equal playing field? (equal playing field being date kegged/bottled)

    My wife prefers bottled as she says she has control over the "cleanliness" of the glass the beer (bottled in this case) is being poured into to.

  2. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,368) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Hah! Points for effort, but although she has control over something that doesn't really matter (unless you drink in crappy establishments) she can't control the filtration level. Bottom line is that draught beer is about 10 times* less filtered than bottled beer, meaning that there is more good stuff in the draught beer.

    * 5 micron DE filtration for draught beer (which must be refrigerated as a result) as opposed to .5 micron sterile filtration for bottled beer.
  3. chocosushi

    chocosushi Initiate (0) May 1, 2011 Oklahoma

    Canned baby.

    Unless I'm about to bottle a homebrew.
    Then I become a bottle baby.
  4. RayUF07

    RayUF07 Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2012 Florida


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  5. Mattyb79

    Mattyb79 Devotee (474) Dec 11, 2012 Virginia
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    I curious as to where you get these numbers? Not that I am doubting you, but in my experience, I haven't seen the difference in filtration. Why is there a difference?
  6. Rekrule

    Rekrule Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    Draft has in my experience almost always been better. There have been exceptions.
  7. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,368) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    They are just rough numbers, but in general that is the way it is usually done. DE ( diatomaceous earth) is used as a coarse filtration for draught beer, and doesn't remove microorganisms that can spoil it, though cold temperatures will keep them at bay for a whilee. For shelf-stable product you need a much more stringent filtration if you don't pasteurize your beer- the downside is that it does tend to strip more character from the beer. I get the numbers and procedures from friends who have done this professionally.
  8. GardenWaters

    GardenWaters Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2012 Illinois

    I dunno. I always felt canned soda is much crisper (and better tasting) than fountain soda......... Same concept, though I could be wrong.
  9. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 California

    Kegs aren't carb'd the same as bottles/cans. Keg'd IPA is always better.
  10. marquis

    marquis Crusader (775) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    There will be small differences because of details such as carbonation, line cleanliness and filtration levels but my own experience ( from occasional bottles and extremely rare keg ) that they are very similar. The sea change comes with cask ; unlike bottles, cans and kegs the beer has a chance to develop instead of being more or less locked.Some beers benefit more than others using this dispense form but from my own homebrewing experience I was always disappointed at how my beers turned out in the bottle.Levels of flavour seemed to have been lost; this is noticeable when drinking a bottled beer alongside its cask brother where the difference is palpable.
  11. BigStein88

    BigStein88 Disciple (316) Nov 5, 2007 New Hampshire
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    Keg beer and fountain soda are not even remotely close to one another. I always prefer beer on tap, guess that is why I have a kegerator.
  12. PatriotsRule

    PatriotsRule Aspirant (257) Sep 25, 2012 Massachusetts

    All of jacks Abby's lagers are unpasteurized and unfiltered, and available in bottles.
  13. DougC123

    DougC123 Disciple (375) Aug 21, 2012 Connecticut

    Me too. I have two taps for variety, and always find the flavors are enhanced with draft.
  14. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,598) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Beers can taste different on tap vs. bottle/can. Whatever serving method tastes better is obviously the preferred choice.
  15. searsclone

    searsclone Disciple (349) Sep 7, 2006 Arizona

    I was lucky enough to have Enjoy by side by side, keg vs. bottle. I preferred the bottle, it seemed to be better balanced. The owner of the place told me that the difference in mouth feel was due to the fact that they use a 75/25 blend of co2 and nitro on all of their taps. I've never heard of blending the gas, but I would think that the nitro would hurt the carbonation of certain beers.
  16. JohnQVD

    JohnQVD Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2011 New York

    Fountain soda is usually postmix. Part of the reason corny kegs are so available for small brewers/home brewers now is because the soda industry basically abandoned them. (They were used with premix). So, instead of a small canister of soda on a dispensing system, you usually have a bag of syrup in a box attached to a CO2 canister and a water source. There are a lot more variables and the quality generally leaves a lot to be desired.
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