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Old 12-03-2007, 03:14 AM   #1
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Yeah, we all taste the fermented wort (uncarbonated beer) when racking and bottling, but at what point do you step back and accept the fact that you just *DRANK* a fairly large amount of green, unprimed beer complete with floating trub/sediment.

I guess for me it was when I filled my empty mug after racking, because - well, it was just tasting THAT GOOD... (well maybe it was the 6HBs Id had before that, but it really was going down SMOOTH).

I've heard rumors that ingesting excessive amounts of yeast sediment can cause some stomach problems, flatulence... I've read a few threads indicating probably more of a complex sugars issue, but anybody have any insight? (of course I could probably just fill my mug at the beginning of the racking instead of the end.

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Old 12-03-2007, 03:22 AM   #2
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This is just a clever way to avoid saying that you have a drinking problem.


You have a tasting problem?

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Yeah, we all taste the fermented wort (uncarbonated beer) when racking and bottling, but at what point do you step back and accept the fact that you just *DRANK* a fairly large amount of green, unprimed beer complete with floating trub/sediment.
I just taste at this stage, I don't "drink." Generally, I'll just pour my hydrometer sample into a small glass and place it in the fridge while I finish up the transferring/bottling/kegging process. Then I'll have a few sips, before tossing the remainder. If I happen to have a previous (well conditioned) batch of the same recipe available on tap, I'll also do a quick comparison.

Let's face it, beer simply doesn't taste good at this point. I'm just checking, to verify that nothing has gone horribly awry and that my brew is on track.
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Old 12-03-2007, 11:36 AM   #4
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Let's face it, beer simply doesn't taste good at this point.
I know a few of my brew buddies would argue that fact...
"Beer does not taste AS good at this point" - that I would agree with...

I enjoy some thorough tasting at every point of the brew process.
I really like tasting the wort right before finish hopping and then right before racking, I feel like it helps me notice the subtle differences. It's also interesting to ~try~ to recall changes in the flavor between wort, rackings, and at several different stages of aging.
I've noticed a tiny sip does not tell the full story. And I've never tried a (uninfected) beer at any stage and thought, wow this tastes like crap...
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Old 12-03-2007, 01:13 PM   #5
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I used to chug whatever was in my sample cylinder. Now I take3 or 4 sips to try and get a good idea for the taste profile and I dump the rest after I get SWMBO to try it too. I love seeing her make those "OMG this is disgusting but I don't want him to know that I hate it" faces.

I guess I'm just getting old.

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Old 12-03-2007, 01:18 PM   #6
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I only taste the sample I take for FG. That's the only time I taste the beer until I'm tapping the keg. Whenever I do taste, I only drink like 1/3rd of the hydro sample. Its really just wasted beer IMO until its carbonated and conditioned...

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The "Taste" line is 4 ounces. Says so right on my Fest mug!

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I have drank a considerable amout of uncarbonated, 65F beer since I"ve started homebrewing. The first batch I made, I had friends over while bottling. We drank a six pack of it. Since then I've toned it down, but as I'm racking, I will pour myself about 8 to 10 ounces to drink. Why not? I really like knowing how my beer changes throughout the whole process.

A little anectdote about this issue . . .
I recently bottled a Red Alem and while racking to the bottling bucket, I screwed up the vacuum and couldn't get it restarted. And, while in the process of trying to get it rolling again I stirred up a bunch of yeast. So after I bottled what I could, I racked myself a glass and then the remaining amount into a growler (got a half gallon). I put that in the fridge and drank it over the next couple of days. It was delicious.

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I love seeing her make those "OMG this is disgusting but I don't want him to know that I hate it" faces.

Wow...mine never has a problem telling me that she doesn't like it. My rationalization is that she doesn't like good beer anyways (she has made it to tasty lagers, but still doesn't like ales with tons of flavor).

I usually drink a good amount from the bottom of the bottling bucket...whatever I can't easily bottle. I see it as a good way to celebrate being basicly finished working on the batch (all you have to do after bottling is wait).
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I used to chug whatever was in my sample cylinder. Now I take3 or 4 sips to try and get a good idea for the taste profile and I dump the rest after I get SWMBO to try it too. I love seeing her make those "OMG this is disgusting but I don't want him to know that I hate it" faces.
Ha! Ha! Me too. "Aw...come on! You need to drink more than that."
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