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Old 03-12-2006, 01:29 PM   #1
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I have started drinking an IPA that has been in the bottle for 5 weeks.
When i pour the ale(nice and gently)it has good clarity...but...if i dont want the sediment from the bottom of the bottle i lose about 1/10th of the beer(totally unacceptable ).
Is this amount of sediment the norm?(if it is i will just keg from now on )

 
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Old 03-12-2006, 03:11 PM   #2
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When I'm pouring an HB I'm careful to leave about a tablespoon of beer in the bottle. Then I drink the sediment straight out of the bottle.
You don't say what you're priming with, how much, or what size bottles you use.
If you're using 3/4 cup of corn sugar with 12 oz. bottles you shouldn't have more than a teaspoon or so of sediment.
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Old 03-12-2006, 06:17 PM   #3
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Thanks for the input BOSTONBREWIN'(do you really drink the sediment from the bottle?........if so ,how's your arse ????????? ) .
I use 100g of corn sugar(dissolved in 250ml boiled water),placed in bottling bucket,then rack the brew(5g's..UK measure) on top,making sure that the beer swirls around to get the priming solution mixed.
i really dont like drining sediment....i know that it wont hurt you,but it makes it getting to far from the bog a game of "survivor" the REAL GAME.

 
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Old 03-12-2006, 07:10 PM   #4
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unless you filter your beer you will have sediment. its just part of brewing your own. i leave behind a good amount each time. do that when youre racking, not worrying about whether youve lost a few beers along the way, and it will be remarkably more clear.
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Old 03-12-2006, 09:51 PM   #5
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You seem to have a fair bit of sediment there Oxford - do you rack to secondary? Also what size bottles do you use?

 
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Old 03-13-2006, 11:45 AM   #6
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bottles are 500ml,and as of yet i dont rack to a secondary(may change when birthday comes along).
Cheers for help

 
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Old 03-13-2006, 12:56 PM   #7
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I've used a secondary from the start and have had little yeast on the bottom of my bottles. A light dusting, which usually sticks to the bottom. It is worth the wait to use a secondary.
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Old 03-13-2006, 09:50 PM   #8
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Using a secondary certainly drops more sediment out before you bottle - it should be top of your birthday hint list! Until you get one just be careful syphoning and as drengel said don't worry about getting every last bit out - better to sacrifice a few pints at bottling time than to open the rest of your bottles with excess sediment and waste even more overall.

 
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Old 03-14-2006, 01:27 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by oxford brewer
bottles are 500ml,and as of yet i dont rack to a secondary(may change when birthday comes along).
Cheers for help
That would be about right then. I only brewed a few without a secondary. As others have said, adding a secondary does clear things up a bit.
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Old 03-16-2006, 05:55 AM   #10
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The secondary is definitely a must have.

As for what's left in the bottom of the bottle - drink it, it's good for you (yeast are full of b vitamins). Of course the yeast do some fermenting or something in my stomach as it sometimes causes a bit of gas.. fortunately it's not the offensive smelling variety

 
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