Whatever to do with the yeast sediment at the bottom of your bottle?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by devlishdamsel, Jan 11, 2013.


Do you drink the yeast at the bottom of the bottle or do you dispose of it?

  1. Indeed, i love it

    92 vote(s)
  2. no way, this distrubs me

    32 vote(s)
  3. i have yet to be presented with this situation.

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  1. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    So i have a few bottles of judgement day which have yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle. I told a local pub owner this and his ears totally perked up. He told me its delicious and meant to be drunk. Another customer listening in also agreed.
    When i break open one of them this week i guess i will have to check it out. Does anyone else here seem to share that philosophy?
  2. tewaris

    tewaris Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2009 Minnesota

  3. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,284) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Hefe yeasts of course I drink with the beer, but yeasts like Chico and many saisons do taste pretty good. Not all taste so good, in fact some are pretty strange tasting.

    Leave an inch of beer at bottom of bottle, give a swirl, and down it like a shot. That's how I like it. Quite healthy, lotta B vitamins.

    Edit: beaten by seconds by S. A sign maybe we have to trade again?
  4. tewaris

    tewaris Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2009 Minnesota

    Sure thing Dave. Waiting for the temperatures to rise a bit for the fear of exploding cans... you know what I want :grinning:
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  5. arfenhouse

    arfenhouse Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2012 California

    Depends on the style and personal preference. Occasionally I'll pour the sediment in the remaining 1/4 of my beer and I feel that it offers some balance to especially hop-forward beers. But for the less hoppy styles it doesn't seem to have much of an effect.

    I;d love to hear more on people's thoughts regarding the yeast sediment.
  6. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    Leave it in the bottle and when I'm done with my beer, shotgun it!
  7. lucasj82

    lucasj82 Zealot (595) Aug 13, 2009 Indiana
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    If it taste ok/good with the beer I swirl and drink, if not I dump.
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  8. SStein

    SStein Zealot (509) Dec 26, 2012 Colorado
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    I have heard/read that it is better to drink the last bit seperately, however I just pour and drink. I haven't had a problem with it and it has been good in all the beers I have had.
  9. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,284) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Indeed I do. Will be making that trip again in Spring for sure.:slight_smile:
  10. antilite

    antilite Initiate (158) Jan 1, 2012 Florida

    I swirl and pour into a small taster glass, then sip to see what I have. If I like, I choose whether to shoot in down or pour into the beer.
  11. TNGabe

    TNGabe Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2012 Tennessee

    Add some low gravity wort, grow it up, and make more beer. Duh!
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  12. BS-

    BS- Initiate (0) Sep 1, 2012 Singapore

    I always pour mine into the beer. I like the taste. It's never occurred to me to shoot it straight from the bottle, though. I'll go try it the next time I have a yeasty brew.
  13. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,245) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Given the number of brewers who bottle condition with a different yeast than they use for fermentation, I only deliberately pour yeast with Hefeweizen. (Don't need the extra B vitamins.)
  14. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,309) Oct 24, 2010 California
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    Generally I drink it, after giving it a swirl and mixing it with the rest of what I've already poured. I only do the super careful pour-then-drink-then-swirl-then-shoot kinda thing if it's a beer that either specifically requests / demands / advertises doing so, or if it has a serious reputation of being better without the dregs.

    I will say that the dregs of sour beers and sometimes really bretty beers can be a bit tougher on the ol' stomach. I still do it, and would recommend doing it, too, but a little temporary discomfort might not be a surprise.
  15. DrinkSlurm

    DrinkSlurm Poo-Bah (1,927) Oct 3, 2007 New York

    Make more beer with it! Lots of yeast, like Fantome, Russian River, even SNPA are very lively and can make some awesome brews! I pitched the dregs of Fantome Noel and Anchorage Galaxy into my wort and I have lots of "microbes" growing after a month...cant wait to try it!
  16. Andygirl

    Andygirl Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 Michigan

    I use it as part of a sourdough starter for pizza crust. Beer makes great crust, but I can honestly say the yeast isn't active enough on it's own to bake with. I hate the texture, can't drink it.
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  17. Curry

    Curry Initiate (0) Apr 10, 2003 Montana

    Or, you can pour it into the potting soil on your house plants. Some of them thrive on it.
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  18. BS-

    BS- Initiate (0) Sep 1, 2012 Singapore


    Seriously, why would you even consider doing that?.. You don't like the taste? Or the idea of little sad yeast babies burning alive in your stomach acids?
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  19. Curry

    Curry Initiate (0) Apr 10, 2003 Montana

    For those who object to the taste/consistency/whatever. I drink it myself.
  20. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Poo-Bah (2,028) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    I think the sediment tends to mute the peak flavor of the beer so I never mix it in when pouring. Depending on my mood I may finish the beer then swirl the last ounce in the bottle and drink the yeast like a shot, or swirl the bottle and pour the mixture into the last few ounces of beer in my glass, or drain pour it.
  21. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (849) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois
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    The only time I dont just pour it into my glass with the rest of the beer is if it is a homebrew that has a ton of extra yeast in it. In that case I usually just leave a half inch or so left in the bottle. I have yet to notice any negative consequences of drinking all the yeast I pour.
  22. Thevanpelt

    Thevanpelt Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2012 Sweden

    I totally love the yeast sediment, especially if its a saisonyeast!
  23. Mojo

    Mojo Champion (845) Jul 21, 2012 Alabama

    I opened a bottle of Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA the other night and it was so full of yeast that I just poured it down the drain. I don't mind some sediment but this had floaties with about the same consistency as egg drop soup. It may have been an old bottle.
  24. puboflyons

    puboflyons Poo-Bah (4,256) Jul 26, 2008 New Hampshire

    How can people not like the yeast sediment? I love it. It's part of the purity of craft beer.
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  25. CASK1

    CASK1 Disciple (336) Jan 7, 2010 Florida

    Here's how you do it!
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  26. PortLargo

    PortLargo Devotee (471) Oct 19, 2012 Florida

    The Affligem video is spot on:

    When I serve a homebrew I provide a glass and shot-glass. Anyone who knows what they are doing will pour the yeast in the shot glass, then:

    a. drink it straight, or b. mix in beer, or c. do not drink it

    Either is correct, it's all personal preference.
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  27. semibaked

    semibaked Zealot (566) Mar 27, 2007 Illinois

    I drink it, also I drink the dregs outta kegs too, did this with Zombie Dust the other day, good stuff.
  28. Sam_E

    Sam_E Initiate (0) Oct 11, 2012 Ohio

    I usually just pour it in with the rest of my beer and drink it as it settles
  29. jrbchef

    jrbchef Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2011 Connecticut

    It takes a few days to get ripping again, but I have used the yeast from Orval to make a starter for bread dough. (Plus i drink it.)
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  30. luwak

    luwak Aspirant (269) Mar 2, 2010 Arizona
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    I save it in little jars that used to contain artichokes, capers, olives and the like. Periodically i go through it and build sand castles, er yeast castles...

    Seriously though lots of people save it and try to make more beer with it.
  31. BradtheGreat7

    BradtheGreat7 Defender (621) Jul 22, 2011 Ohio

    World class brewers do yeast right. The German wheat brews and Belgians and of course the monks, but great American brewers do yeast as well as anyone. Ive always mixed the yeast in the brew as I feel if they wanted it on the side it would have came in a seperate bottle. Not sure there is a wrong way. I usually swirl it and drop it in the same glass. Theres just something about a good yeast strain and the funk it provides. Every brewers yeast is different and i don't quite understand someone who doesn't enjoy it. Yeast is one of the biggest factors in the craft beer world. Whether it be an American style yeast portraying to be Belgian or German or English or just down right American or whether it be true German, Belgian, Belgian trappist, Scottish, or English. It's a major part of the craft beer world and has been for as long as any of us can count backwards to. Enjoy it but most of all appreciate it. Cheers
  32. tennispl

    tennispl Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2012 Washington

    Just FYI in your poll you spelled disturbs as distrubs. As the yeast at the bottom of fermentation is called the trub this may have been on purpose. In that case, bravo ma'am.
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  33. iko7jjm

    iko7jjm Initiate (0) Mar 12, 2006 Pennsylvania

    I usually save it till the end and chase it with a shot of bong water.
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  34. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 Illinois

    Warning: It will make you fart your brains out.
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  35. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Wisconsin
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    If god for had intended for beer to be filtered he wouldnt have given us kidneys
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  36. EddieGold

    EddieGold Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2012 North Carolina

    you can harvest the yeast and use it if you brew at home. i drank a combined case of tart lychee, la folie and la terroir and then took the yeast and made a sour.
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  37. wesbray

    wesbray Disciple (349) Feb 29, 2012 Alberta (Canada)
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    I almost always drink the yeast. I like pouring half a bottle into one glass without the yeast and one glass with the yeast.
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  38. HoistinBrews

    HoistinBrews Devotee (484) Mar 26, 2011 Minnesota

    I usually do drink the yeast remains but it depends on the beer. I've had a few bottles of Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale where the floaties are literally egg yolk sized (and the beer was supurb).
  39. searsclone

    searsclone Disciple (344) Sep 7, 2006 Arizona

    I always want it in a hefe. In fact, I love the last bit of hef from a keg when it looks like rancid milk! Other wise, I usually save the last bit and put it in a shot glass to taste separate. Or, in the case of a bigger bottle, pour half in the glass and drink without mixing, then the 2nd pour into the same glass gets the mix.
  40. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,063) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
    Supporter Beer Trader

    Too late for me; so long as I don't also fart out my heart and lungs, I'll be cool.

    I'm partial to the separate shot glass type dealie myself. I think the flavor of the yeast usually impacts the beer in unintended ways, but it's nice to have on its own. Sometimes though, when nobody is looking, I'll just swig the remains from the bottle <-----that may not be a rare occurance, either.
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