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Old 12-28-2012, 12:24 AM   #1
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I am drinking the 10th bottle of my first batch of homebrew. I have been very pleased with it so far. I noticed a little bit of particles, etc.. in a few of the other bottles. Pretty much looked like hop particles. I wasn't alarmed. Seeing as how I never used any kind of filter or screen, it is not surprising to see some solids. But on this particular bottle, there is what appears to be (best I can tell while looking into an amber bottle) a thin layer of milky sludge at the bottom of the bottle. It is almost like the yeast that sits at the bottom of the primary. I was pretty careful to not transfer much, if any such substances to the secondary and again, while bottling.

Is this a sign of contamination or is this normal for homebrew to have such a substance at the bottom of some bottles?

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Old 12-28-2012, 12:27 AM   #2
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I am drinking the 10th bottle of my first batch of homebrew. I have been very pleased with it so far. I noticed a little bit of particles, etc.. in a few of the other bottles. Pretty much looked like hop particles. I wasn't alarmed. Seeing as how I never used any kind of filter or screen, it is not surprising to see some solids. But on this particular bottle, there is what appears to be (best I can tell while looking into an amber bottle) a thin layer of milky sludge at the bottom of the bottle. It is almost like the yeast that sits at the bottom of the primary. I was pretty careful to not transfer much, if any such substances to the secondary and again, while bottling.

Is this a sign of contamination or is this normal for homebrew to have such a substance at the bottom of some bottles?
Nothing to worry about, it's trub that settled to the bottom of the bottle when you carbed it.
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Completely normal, it's yeast that has fallen out of the beer and compacted on the bottom. All bottle conditioned beers will have it.

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Thank you all for the prompt and reassuring answers!!! I suspected that was the case.

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Just avoid drinking the yeast. Leave the trub in the bottle. It tastes a little funky and will give you some serious gas.

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Just avoid drinking the yeast. Leave the trub in the bottle. It tastes a little funky and will give you some serious gas.
Oh yeah it will. Kind of dealing with that right now but if you drink the yeast I have found I do not get the hangovers the next day.
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Oh yeah it will. Kind of dealing with that right now but if you drink the yeast I have found I do not get the hangovers the next day.
Hmm... Interesting tradeoff. Gas vs hangover. I guess it's a personal choice.
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Hmm... Interesting tradeoff. Gas vs hangover. I guess it's a personal choice.
Gas is much better than hangover! Besides with gas you can Dutch oven the SWMBO :-D
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Gas is much better than hangover! Besides with gas you can Dutch oven the SWMBO :-D
Point taken. Gas it is!
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OP - yep, it's completely normal. Learn to do the homebrew pour - leave just the dregs in the bottle. Then, it's a total non issue.

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