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Old 11-19-2012, 08:13 AM   #1
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So I bottled my beer 4 days ago using carbonation drops, it's my first time and at the bottom of the bottles it is all cloudy, is that normal?

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Old 11-19-2012, 08:39 AM   #2
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Perfectly normal. You are reactivating the yeast by adding sugar (carbonation drops, dextrose, table sugar etc). What your seeing is no different than the yeast cake at the bottom of your fermenter, hopefully minus hop debris etc.

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Old 11-19-2012, 08:51 AM   #3
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Ah ok so will this clear up over time? Just for aesthetic purposes?

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Old 11-19-2012, 09:49 AM   #4
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Ah ok so will this clear up over time? Just for aesthetic purposes?
Yes. The yeast/sediment is accumulating at the bottom of the bottle due to the yeast gradually dropping out of suspension, leading to your beer clearing. Then, once your beer is fully carbed, putting your brew into the fridge for a few days to a week will help compact/solidify the sediment, to a certain extent, so that when you pour the beer into a glass you should be able to get a crystal clear pour. Just leave the last 1/4" in the bottom of the bottle.
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:11 AM   #5
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Ok cheers, do you have any tips on how to avoid it in future brews?

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Old 11-19-2012, 10:22 AM   #6
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You cannot avoid it when bottle conditioning, but clear beer will minimize it.

The way to avoid it is by using a beer gun which transfers clear pressurized beer from a keg into the bottles.

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You cannot avoid it when bottle conditioning, but clear beer will minimize it.

The way to avoid it is by using a beer gun which transfers clear pressurized beer from a keg into the bottles.
http://sedexbrewing.com/


Has anyone used these caps to remove sediment yet? Been tossing around getting a few just to see, but don't really know if I care.........Kinda like the sediment. A reminder that the beer your holding is truly a craft beer!
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:09 PM   #8
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http://sedexbrewing.com/


Has anyone used these caps to remove sediment yet? Been tossing around getting a few just to see, but don't really know if I care.........Kinda like the sediment. A reminder that the beer your holding is truly a craft beer!
Those look pretty spendy and all they do is let the yeast settle into the funky cap.
I think it would be pretty cost prohibitive to have a few batches of beer caped with these, plus they won't fit in the box and you are going to have to store the beer upside down.
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definitely some con's, but maybe some pro's too.
1. easier to install than a crown cap
2. able (must) use very easy to obtain screw top bottles
3. the big "funky" cap is only used to capture the sediment, then is removed leaving a cap similar in size and appearance to a PET cap.

Again, not something I'm rushing out to buy 100 of these, but am considering getting enough to do a six pack here and there. For those of us who do not keg, about the only option I've seen to get a sediment free bottle. Just wondering if they really work as advertised. Craig from "craigtube" did a vid on them, but I haven't seen a follow up with full conclusion.......

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definitely some con's, but maybe some pro's too.
1. easier to install than a crown cap
2. able (must) use very easy to obtain screw top bottles
3. the big "funky" cap is only used to capture the sediment, then is removed leaving a cap similar in size and appearance to a PET cap.

Again, not something I'm rushing out to buy 100 of these, but am considering getting enough to do a six pack here and there. For those of us who do not keg, about the only option I've seen to get a sediment free bottle. Just wondering if they really work as advertised. Craig from "craigtube" did a vid on them, but I haven't seen a follow up with full conclusion.......

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