What's up with hop sediment in bottles?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by goochpunch, Aug 23, 2013.

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  1. goochpunch

    goochpunch Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2005 Texas

    I never experienced this before in my life until about a month ago. I was drinking a Prairie 'Merica (amazing). When I reached the bottom, I decided to swirl the bottle around and get the last swig of yeast. I was surprised to discover that this was not only yeasty but hoppy as fuck. Like when I make a really strong hop tea. This just happened again tonight with a Firestone Walker Wookey Jack. Is this a new trend?
  2. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Champion (846) Jul 15, 2011 Florida
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    If it's dry hopped and unfiltered, it tends to happen. Don't drink the sediment.
  3. stephenjmoore

    stephenjmoore Poo-Bah (1,739) Feb 17, 2011 Maryland
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    Wait until you try a Heady
  4. PsilohsaiBiN

    PsilohsaiBiN Defender (608) Aug 10, 2010 New York
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    Wait until you SEE a Heady.
  5. BryanK

    BryanK Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2010 New York

    Ya..just yeast settlement.. Any unfiltered beer will have this. Nothing new. Drinking the yeast wont kill you, actually rich in some vitamins, might not taste great, but nothing bad.
  6. dwagner003

    dwagner003 Poo-Bah (1,674) Jan 4, 2013 California
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    Here's some sediment I wouldn't (and didn't) drink:
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  7. rather

    rather Aspirant (260) May 31, 2013 California

    mmmm sediment
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  8. dwagner003

    dwagner003 Poo-Bah (1,674) Jan 4, 2013 California
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    I love the sediment in a Rochefort, but I wasn't about to ingest that half-inch gray nightmare.
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  9. shand

    shand Meyvn (1,416) Jul 13, 2010 Florida
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    Always leave the sediment behind - then drink the sediment by itself. I figure it's just like taking a brewers' yeast supplement ... right?
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  10. DonSaleen747

    DonSaleen747 Initiate (100) Oct 2, 2009 Connecticut
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    Has anyone seen hill farmstead vermontoise? Ill try to get a pic posted later
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  11. kbuzz

    kbuzz Champion (825) Jan 22, 2011 North Carolina
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    Doesn't bother me a bit. When I homebrew, I intentially dry hop with loose pellets (no muslin bag or filtering mechanism whatsoever)...so that some of that hop debris ends up in the finished product. Love it.
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  12. LSMroz

    LSMroz Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2013 Illinois
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    Had some cans of OTWOA and didn't realize there would be sediment, so poured the whole can the first time I had it. Drank amazing!

    Next can I poured more carefully and left the sediment in the can. Drank only OK.

    Every other can, I didn't leave any sediment behind. Big difference!
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  13. jmw

    jmw Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2009 North Carolina

    What's up with it? It is a byproduct of the American brewer's obsession with making beer that tastes of nothing but big citrusy American hops, and the processes that it takes to get that flavor into the bottle.
  14. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    What's with all this don't drink the sediment talk? Drink up, it's good for you!
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  15. kbuzz

    kbuzz Champion (825) Jan 22, 2011 North Carolina
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    this is correct
  16. nauc

    nauc Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2013 New York

    i swirl the last half and drink it
  17. DanE

    DanE Disciple (328) Feb 24, 2012 Connecticut

    I would drink it. All those yummy vitamins and minerals.
  18. HokiesandBeer

    HokiesandBeer Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    2 BeerAdvocates 1 Glass
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  19. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,438) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I like the sediment.
  20. Joe_Grizzly

    Joe_Grizzly Initiate (0) Jul 27, 2013 New Hampshire
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    looks like poison
  21. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,438) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I love the white floaties in HT.
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  22. kbuzz

    kbuzz Champion (825) Jan 22, 2011 North Carolina
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    Frank Gallagher would drink it
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  23. Biffster

    Biffster Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2004 Michigan

    The sediment in a fresh, dry hopped IPA is different from the sediment in a Belgian or the like. It is not just yeast and a few precipitates. It is a lot of macerated hops along with those sediments. It is pretty unpleasant in my experience, both in commercial examples and my own beer. But it is the price you sometimes pay for ultra fresh dry hopped flavor. It's not like a hefeweizwen or Belgian, where the dregs are like a different but very interesting beer compared to the other contents. It is basically not drinkable when the hops are in there. I do a careful pour and lose the last half inch.
  24. brywhite

    brywhite Meyvn (1,227) Aug 27, 2009 California

    I think that stuff is full of vitamins. So maybe it's healthy.
  25. theCoder

    theCoder Disciple (393) Oct 24, 2011 Minnesota
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    I usually look at the bottle and if I see sediment when I pour it I usually leave a bit in there. It's not that bad, but usually it'll make ya gassy :stuck_out_tongue:
  26. goochpunch

    goochpunch Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2005 Texas

    I think some people weren't understanding my initial post. I understand that bottle-conditioned beers have yeast sediment/lees at the bottom of the glass. I usually leave these in the bottles after pouring my beer. I'll also usually drink this sediment direct from the bottle. What is relatively new to me is having hop sediment at the bottom of the bottle. I've had so many ultra-hopped and dry-hopped beers in my day, but I'd never experienced hop sediment until a month or so ago.

    I guess I'd been lucky for a number of years and just narrowly avoided it. Some people obviously have poor reading comprehension skills and/or read threads while shithoused.
  27. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Savant (982) Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania

    The sediment tends to accumulate in older IPAS. The older the beer the more sediment. There are obviously some fresh IPAS that have massive sediment but you seem to already "see" the difference.
  28. Geuzedad

    Geuzedad Zealot (540) Nov 14, 2010 Arizona
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    I usually drink the yeast especially in Belgians. I really appreciate it but the after effects...well lets just say my wife DOES NOT appreciate it...
  29. darky

    darky Aspirant (212) Apr 16, 2010 South Dakota

    I am so going to start a "Show us your vile looking sediment!" Thread on a Friday night sometime.
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