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Old 07-23-2013, 07:38 PM   #1
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I've had a few issues with junk floating around in my commercial purchased beer. It's not flies or dirt clods, it's white chunks. It's disgusting.

I could understand if it's bottle conditioned but it's not. I was thinking maybe the beer had been sitting on the shelf for a LONG time. Now I don't go to the shops that I think have low inventory turnover. I check the beer against the light for floaties.

Last week, I got a Sweetwater IPA from Kroger because it's a great beer. I've never had an issue with it before, but this time, it's got floaties and sediment in the bottle. Every bottle in the 6 pack. I let it sit for a week in my fridge and did a home brew pour and I was able to keep the chunks in the bottle. A few day later I went to another Kroger to get a pick 6 6pack and noticed the Sweetwater IPA has floaties in it. The 420 Extra Pale Ale had floaties. I checked several bottles and all like that.

Not to dog out Sweetwater. Their beer is great. But I've never had that problem with Sierra Nevada or Boston Beer Co.

Can anyone give me some insight on why this happens? What to look for in a beer in the store to insure it's not old and nasty?

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Old 07-23-2013, 07:57 PM   #2
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I think Sweetwater bottle conditions some of their beers, but I can't say which. Their website says that the IPA is unfiltered, so there may be sediment. Not sure about the 420.

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Some companies do not say "Bottle Conditioned", but they do not filter the beer. As rajun50 said, unfiltered could mean settling. Just get used to the fact that you should always pour slowly into a glass.

Look on the bright side - some beer's yeasts can be harvested and brewed into a great beer...

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They probably pumped down too far onto the brite tank. The overworked minimum wage employees probably couldn't care less that you spent over a dollar on that bottle. The yeast was probably a clumping yeast.

I've recently seen this in Left hand Brewings's 400# monkey and Smuttynose IPA.

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I poured out a Founders Breakfast Stout last weekend, and at the bottom some kind of slime ball fell into the glass. I scooped it out with my finger and drank the sh*t out of it.

I aint' skuuuurd.

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Simple: Hold the bottle up to light - bright light. Look at the bottom of the bottle - actually, easy to see!

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They probably pumped down too far onto the brite tank. The overworked minimum wage employees probably couldn't care less that you spent over a dollar on that bottle. The yeast was probably a clumping yeast.

I've recently seen this in Left hand Brewings's 400# monkey and Smuttynose IPA.
Yea that makes sense. And I just dumped one that I poured too far down. And yea I thought, that was $1.50 down the drain. It's a bit harder to do the pour since my home brew yeast (Wyeast American Ale 1056 and Safale US-05) seems to pack down and coat the bottom pretty good. The gunk in these float around with the slightest bump even after a week in the fridge.

I have a Left Hand 400lb monkey that's like you describe.
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Simple: Hold the bottle up to light - bright light. Look at the bottom of the bottle - actually, easy to see!
LoL yea, thinking about besides the Gerber Chard Keychain tool I have with my keys, maybe I need a bright LED keyfob light thingie to rule out the nasty bottles.

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Dude I am scared for sure. Scared I won't make it into the toilet to unload whatever that gunk is from my bowels before it blows in my pants.
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Davekippen, your comment was the funniest thing I've read in a while. I'd have done the same.

My brother used to work at craft brew store and he used to have customers come in every now and then asking about stuff in their beers. He used to say it was "character".

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I have to admit, I did give that slimeball a sideways look for a few seconds. I think it went something like this in my brain "wtf is that? Ehh, how bad could it be.... gulp gulp"

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