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Sediment

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by BerwynEd, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. BerwynEd

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    Should I be concerned with all the sediment that one finds in craft beers? It seems hard not to get the some sediment mixed even when pouring into a glass let alone if you dare drink from the bottle. Is the sediment an issue? I know some beers like Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Imperiale from Belgium are know for having stuff floating in them but I am wondering about all those other beers.
     
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    No. None of it is harmful. Mostly it is just yeast. And with some beers, e.g., Hefeweizen ,you are supposed to agitate the beer and pour all the sediment into your glass.

    Lots of beers are bottle conditioned which means that they add yeast and some sugar at bottling time to help ensure that the beer will be well carbonated as the yeast eats the sugar and excretes alcohol and CO2. If you like the flavor, drink the sediment too. If you don't like the flavor pour the beer carefully, leaving the sediment behind.
     
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    If God wanted beers to be filtered he wouldn't have given us a liver.

    It is all personal preference on what you want to do with the sediment but it certainly is not going to hurt you.
     
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    Are you married? How good are you at sleeping on just one side?
     
  5. jdklks

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    Always drink the sediment, even if the bottle tells you not to.
     
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  6. MrHassellYaHurd

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    The yeast is part of the beer, IMO. I always drink the sediment, even it I just pour it into the glass after the majority of the beer is finished.
     
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    Collect it all, sprinkle a little sugar and cinnamon on it and have it for breakfast.
     
  8. UCLABrewN84

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    I am drinking a beer at this very moment that has a ton of sediment. I can feel my already hairy chest getting even more so.
     
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    Well, unless you're allergic to yeast. In that case, stick with filtered, pasteurized BMC pap and leave the good stuff to those unafflicted.
     
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    Considering that clarity has been a criterion of beer quality for a couple of centuries by now (yes, I know that one or two styles are excluded from this) and that many brewers go to a great deal of trouble to ensure that sediment doesn't get into the glass it should be obvious that sediment is not a beer enhancer! Some brewers actually filter the beer (this unfortunately strips out some flavour compounds) and reseed with a special variety of yeast to avoid sediment getting into your pint.Bottle conditioned beer usually has pouring instructions printed on the side.They aren't there to give the label designers fun.Brewers want customers to sample their products at their best.
    Some people don't mind. Fair enough, that's their taste.Some people don't mind looking through dirty spectacles but the view is better if the lenses are cleaned.
     
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    The sediment won't do you any harm, most likely. I prefer to pour it in 'cause it adds some flavor (plus when you get hop particles as just opposed to boring old yeast, it makes your glass look like a goldfish bowl lol.) Moral of the story: Sediment good. Btw, to the OP, you wouldn't happen to be from Berwyn, IL, would you?
     
  12. Txconnesiur

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    I love high sediment beers, and look for the highest amount, and choose those with the most.
     
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    Are you having a 09 jw lees calvados right now too????
     
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    This right here is the downside.

    pfffblbfbfbffft
     
  15. leedorham

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    Did you want to tell us all what you are drinking or something?
     
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    YUUP! First time having one, not the prettiest beer but gaut damn do I wish this taste in my mouth hole forever! Never had apple brandy before... or any brandy but I think I have to now.
     
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    Yeah that whole series (once aged a bit) is like a glass of some kids vomitus-filled backwash after his mom made him rinse with unflavored listerine because he ate too many hard candy-coated caramels

    I did a horizontal tasting of the 2006 the other day...more solute then solvent....I've had thinner, less chunky breakfast cereals....
     
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    That you, Larry?
     
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    Yeast is quite tasty really!
     
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    What flavor does it normally give in an American light beer? I'm brewing one and its been two weeks and I'm not sure if it is flat or not. First time brewing for me so yes I'm anxious to drink it, however it seems to taste good, and I'm not too concerned with carbonating it or atleast all of it. I guess I'm babbling with no apparent question as to I have many of them. I know its not suppose to taste sweet so I guess that's why I'm trying to figure out what flavor this may give off. Any help on any thing that I said would be awesome. Thanks.
     
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