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What's this snot like stuff in my beer?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Arsenal0328, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. heyduke

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    I had the same stuff in a breakfast stout recently!
     
  2. flavirufus

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    I've found them in both Founders breakfast stout and serpants stout by Lost Abbey. I emailed both. Both said what I was seeing were protiens coming together. The whole case of breakfast stout had them inside. Lost Abbey asked for my address and shirt size. Recieved a Lost Abbey t-shirt and teku glass a few days later. Founders offered nothing, which I found a bit odd. I would like to know what causes it. Rushing the brewing process perhaps?
     
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    Sediment broski
     
  4. evilcatfish

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    If you saw the shit I've seen out of wine bottles you'd freak
     
  5. BurgeoningBrewhead

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    I think that's where Marmite comes from.

    Regardless, I'd skim it out and drink it anyway. I'm not squeamish, and that's still damn good beer.
     
  6. Doc_Hops

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    question is did you drink the beer?

    note: i did not look at EVERY response to the thread yet...
     
  7. VictorWisc

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    D'you think that was a joke?
    Wiki:
     
  8. Fattmatt73

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    Try to contact founders, the problem is they won't care. Great brewery, terrible business, that's why I don't sell their beer anymore.
     
  9. WestSideAmish

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    I found the same thing in 4 bottles of Founders Breakfast Stout about a year ago. I reported it twice hoping to find out what it was but never received any kind of return correspondence from them despite following up with several voicemails to their quality control guy http://imgur.com/TAKH9
     
  10. premierpro

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    I had the same thing happen from a Founders product while hosting a tasting. I sent Founders a picture and got no responce.
     
  11. Luckytiki

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    This seems to be a fairly common issue for founder's and it's also apparent they don't care to respond or fix the "problem". I would assume they know what it is... maybe they should throw an answer in a FAQ
     
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    Good Lord, man! Haven't you ever SEEN Strange Brew??? Drop whatever you're doing and get thee to thy Netflix queue immediately! That photo is at least as gross as a mouse. You ought to be swimming in free brew by Labor Day.
     
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    The "Snot Like" substance in your beer is not an imperfection or Founders fault for that matter so lets stop all this, I get free beer talk. Its called "chill haze" and it happens when the beer is stored at improper temperatures. If there is a fluctuation of temperature, due to the buyer or distributor improperly storing it, the proteins coagulate instead of staying suspended in the beer. It can also happen if a beer is aged for too long, more so with Belgians but applies to all. It is not bad for you but is very unappealing when drinking because its like having bits of jello in your beer or may make your beer look like a snow globe. Ive seen this in many beers and drank them. You will not get sick, beer is sterile.
     
  14. LCB_Hostage

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    Oookaaay. Since you obviously can't recognize a joke when you see one, let's address your belief that beer is "sterile." Good luck with that, my friend. Even a 10.5% ABV stout can be home to all kinds of stuff you wouldn't want to ingest, and would end up very unhappy if you did. Try downing a pint or two from poorly maintained, bacteria infested tap lines sometime and tell me how sterile beer is.
     
  15. VictorWisc

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    Uhm... No!

    OED3:
     
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    LOL. Thanks for the good laugh. I'm not trying to be mean, but I cracked up when you said beer is sterile. You probably think a dishwasher sterilizes your glassware, plates, utensils, etc.
     
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    hops are extremely toxic to dogs. yeast isn't good for them either. just something to keep in mind...
     
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    Welcome to BA. This is not the same as chill haze I'm afraid, and even your comprehension of how that happens is slightly off. Others have addressed the 'sterile' comment so I will not.

    Odd? Should they have given you something for free you think? No doubt you were traumatized, but you can't really expect to sue for millions if you burn yourself on hot coffee.
    No wait...
     
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    He probably meant to say sanitary.
     
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    Bah!
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  21. marshmeli

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    Just had noticed this in a bottle of '13 Serpent's Stout I drank on Thursday...
     
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    That's the one! I think it bit me, too.
     
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    Here is the reply I got from the brewery today...

    Hi Nick,

    Thanks so much for letting us know. We are currently looking into this. So far we have only heard of one other incident like this and we have thousands of cases in the market. We also personally pour a lot of this beer at festivals and have never ourselves seen anything like this. I would love to know the exact location (store and town) where you bought the beer so we can see if this is an isolated incident pertaining to a certain batch that went to a specific location. Would you mind letting me know?

    Also, just so you know, our beer is pasteurized so we do not believe that there is anything harmful in the beer. We think (judging by the photos you've sent) that it is somehow proteins that are coagulating in certain cans of beer. Although, it is obviously very hard to tell from photographs without actually running a test on the substance itself.

    We plan to reimburse you in full for your purchase. Please let me know what that purchase price is and we will reimburse you right away.

    We apologize sincerely for this. It has always been our goal to produce the very finest products available. We are sorry that you had this experience and will do whatever we can to rectify the situation.

    Thank you very much!

    Jason Medvec // Big Wood Brewery LLC
    Brewery Address:: 2222 4th St. // White Bear Lake, MN 55110
     
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    Good response from them!
     
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    Founders asked me for a bottle date, and that they were going to look into it. I don't have any bottles left, but if anybody else wants to post up a bottle date from founders bottles that have this in them ill forward it to the brewery. Not sure what will come from it but it doesn't hurt to try.
     
  26. BottleCaps80

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    Agreed. I was emailing back and forth with multiple people from the berr brewery today. They replied promptly and ask seemed concerned with the issue. Good response for sure!
     
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    Had the same thing in a bottle of Founders Imperial Stout early this summer from a 2012 bottle, but didn't think to contact the brewery...looks like it would not have mattered anyway. The more I hear about Founders, the less I like the direction they are headed in.
     
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    Goose Island Light? (I can probably think of worse insults, but this one's OK for now)
     
  29. Roudy1

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    Had the same thing in this years Curmudgeon.
     
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    You're still trying to get something from them?
     
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    Cracked open my last Founders Impy Stout. BINGO! Winner!
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    I forgot to post an update in this thread about my communications with Big Wood Brewery about this. Not only were they concerned about their product, they also wanted to know where I got it, when I got it and what I paid for it. Just today actually, this awesome package and a reimbursement check for $18 arrived to my surprise. I never once asked them for anything. Top notch customer service if you ask me!

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  33. Arsenal0328

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    For anyone wondering, I just opened my last Imperial stout. Every single one of the 4 pack had the protein gunk in it, after the first, I just scooped it out and it was absolutely fine.
     
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    That's why beer doesn't make for a good Kleenex.
     
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    lol laughed way too hard at this
     
  36. Arsenal0328

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    I must have bad luck, same exact thing just plopped out of a bottle of Perennial Sump. Hopefully I'll get a response from Perennial, never heard anything back from Founders. I just want to know what it is!

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    Looks like someone back at Perennial forgot to stir, they probably missed the sides or edges.
     
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    Who cares what it is! Just deep-fry it, mix it with the Sriracha that's in the picture and call it a mock-duck. It's probably the same protein...
     
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    Beer is alive. How on earth could it be sterile?
     
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    I have 2 bottles of Serpent Stout and this terrifies me. I know it's probably harmless, but it certainly takes away from the appeal of the beer once poured.
     
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