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Old 07-09-2012, 05:29 PM   #1
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I picked up a bottle of local craft beer (won't name names) -- a beer I've had probably 20-30 bottles of in the past month -- and when I poured, it had an incredible amount of suspended sediment. It looked to me almost like the "egg drop" hot break you get with Whirlfloc. It tastes very puckeringly astringent (the classic overbrewed black tea flavour) and is definitely not something I wanted to drink.

I reached out to the brewery, and was put through to the brewmaster; after sending off photos, I received the response that it was "more than normal, but just yeast" and that "because the beer is so popular, we've had to shorten the aging time so the yeast doesn't settle out as much." Apparently they're looking to switch to a different yeast to accomodate this. That was it. (EDIT: rereading the email, it sound almost like they're going to use the same strain, but culture a population that's more powdery than the existing population)

I will admit I'm a bit turned off -- does this look like what you would expect out out of a commercial bottle from an established craft brewer? Has anyone had a similar experience? I will admit I'm a bit annoyed they didn't even offer to replace the bottle :P

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Old 07-09-2012, 05:41 PM   #2
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Uh, yeah, their response was...interesting. People really like the beer so they're now cutting corners to get it out quicker?!!? Maybe I'll be odd man out here, but what you have in your glass is unacceptable.
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Old 07-09-2012, 05:42 PM   #3
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I wouldn't be buying that brand again. The brewmaster's response is a load of [email protected] There are simply too many other well made beers out there to spend money on. Bummer.

 
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Old 07-09-2012, 05:42 PM   #4
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Let me ask this though, what style of beer is this and did you agitate the beer or pour too aggressively?
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Old 07-09-2012, 05:43 PM   #5
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I would steer clear of the brewery from now on based on the brewmaster's response. He told you in no uncertain terms that they're cutting corners and more interested in moving product quickly than in moving quality product. I would get back to him and say that whether he thinks it's normal or not, it does not meet your standards and ask for a refund on the product. I've never seen any commercial beer look like that (haven't ever seen a homebrew look like that either) and I can only imagine what the average consumer would think of pouring a beer that looked like that. Their first thought wouldn't be "yeast" it would be "mold" or something similar.

 
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:20 PM   #6
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If they are cutting corners with time who knows what else they are cutting corners with. Sanitation? Ingredients?

 
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:20 PM   #7
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That's such an inappropriate response that I don't even believe it. I think he just didn't want to be bothered. Either way, I wouldn't buy their beer again.

 
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:55 PM   #8
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No. That's not normal. That is the opposite of normal. That is a mistake.

"Our beer with blobs of gross gunk in it is so popular we're looking for ways to eliminate the gross gunk. But the gross gunk is completely normal."

No.

 
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:58 PM   #9
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This looks like a year old unfiltered wheat beer. I used to have to stock up on Bell's Oberon since it is seasonal. I once had a few that got lost in the beer fridge for a year. That's exactly what it looked like.

 
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Old 07-09-2012, 07:05 PM   #10
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This looks like a year old unfiltered wheat beer. I used to have to stock up on Bell's Oberon since it is seasonal. I once had a few that got lost in the beer fridge for a year. That's exactly what it looked like.
I just had a few Bell's Oberon this past week. They definitely had sediment that got stirred up pretty easily, but nothing as bad a what the OP is showing.
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