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Old 12-03-2007, 11:30 PM   #11
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technically 'wort' is unfermented beer. un-carb'd beer is beer...that is flat.

as for the question at hand, its actually never bothered me. i made my first batch of mead at the tender age of 17 (I was in the SCA) with no airlock or any sanitation...and didn't age it at all...just poured it into another bottle and started drinking it. it was like apple flavored lighter fluid

the guys at work, I showed them a video of a carboy that was very actively fermenting and they thought it was the grossest thing ever! "No way would I drink that!"....

they don't realize budweiser looks the same way before it hits the bottle.

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Old 12-03-2007, 11:56 PM   #12
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The "Taste" line is 4 ounces. Says so right on my Fest mug!
Do you pay yourself a token when you pull to that line? =)

(Or 4 tokens for 12oz)

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Old 12-04-2007, 02:41 PM   #13
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the guys at work, I showed them a video of a carboy that was very actively fermenting and they thought it was the grossest thing ever! "No way would I drink that!"....
That's the difference between brewers and everyone else. The sight of beer fermenting got me all excited the first time I saw it, long before I ever brewed.

I also taste my beer whenever I rack it. It's quality control and educational.

If I have a new recipe, I'll also draw off several ounces to sample about once a week to see how it conditions. If it's an old recipe that I know well, I don't bother drawing anything off for at least a few weeks after kegging.


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Old 12-04-2007, 03:07 PM   #14
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I guess I have no problem with flat beer. I usually drink the leftovers from my bottling bucket after I fill the last bottle. This has resulted in as much as 16oz of beer in my mug, when bottling with 22oz bottles. If I kegged I probably would not sample more than the amount in my thief.
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Old 12-04-2007, 03:30 PM   #15
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I regularly "taste" at most stages (back when I was new, I even tasted the concentrated hopped extract straight from the kit.... ONCE. *shivers*) Also, I occasionally do "drink" the green beer ... if it's been aging slightly cool it will generally be just slightly carbonated and drinkably cool. Definitely odd tasting if you are expecting finished beer, but I think it's pleasant and unique if you go into it expecting something different.

Once there were about 4 pints more in my secondary than would fit in my keg .... *sigh*


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Old 12-04-2007, 05:37 PM   #16
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I Always Taste My Brew Any Time I Get The Chance. Usually The Only Time Is At Bottling. When I Am Careful There Is Not Enough To Drink ,just Taste. M&m

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Old 12-04-2007, 05:50 PM   #17
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M&M...I think you hold the record for low post count since joining.

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I have too many finished beers on hand to just "drink" anything. I taste...that's it.

I'm at the point where I have to start thinking about what I'm going to drink tonight ahead of time. With 7 beers on tap and 120+ bottles of other asorted HB and 5 or 6 different commercial styles in the fridge...it's a tough decision.

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Old 12-04-2007, 05:55 PM   #18
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I mostly just taste. We're usually drinking while bottling so the 'urge to finish' the sample is not there.

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I'm at the point where I have to start thinking about what I'm going to drink tonight ahead of time. With 7 beers on tap and 120+ bottles of other asorted HB and 5 or 6 different commercial styles in the fridge...it's a tough decision.
A wonderful problem to have BierMuncher

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Old 12-04-2007, 06:59 PM   #20
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I have a California Common in secondary right now - I drank the sample jar, and it was so good I drew off another half pint or so I could drink it while racking to secondary. I gave serious thought to bottling it (uncarbonated) that night. Then I racked it to secondary and backed away slowly....

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