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Old 11-16-2008, 05:35 AM   #1
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Hello HBT! I know this is probably the wrong place to ask this, but I don't see a place on the sight that is appropriate for this post, and my motivation to get an answer is purely educational. I opened a big bottle of Delirium Tremens and poured it into a glass and I was puzzled by what I saw. There were all these white globby things floating throughout the glass of beer. I have never seen anything like this ever. My friend said that he thought that it was old, skunky beer. I was not so sure. I tried to catch a glob and it was kind of gooey, so I thought that it might be gelatin or something. Because I did not want to throw away a $10 bottle of beer, I pounded it. It didn't taste bad which kind of puzzled me. Does anyone know what was wrong with this beer?

 
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Old 11-16-2008, 06:02 AM   #2
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Did you let the bottle settle? Sounds like the yeast got kicked up in the bottle. You need to decant because it is bottle conditioned.

 
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Old 11-16-2008, 06:07 AM   #3
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It didn't look like yeast to me. It was really strange, like big white snowflakes swirling and floating throughout the beer.

 
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Old 11-16-2008, 06:13 AM   #4
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never seen that in my DT

 
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Old 11-16-2008, 08:19 AM   #5
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If it didn't taste bad or was a gusher upon opening, then yes it was only yeast.
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Old 11-16-2008, 08:42 AM   #6
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Did the bottle have a date it was produced on?

Sounds like old yeast that got back into suspension due to the pour/handling of the bottle.
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Old 11-16-2008, 01:01 PM   #7
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I've noticed that in every bottle of Delirium Tremens I've ever had (about six). Didn't seem to effect the flavor, but it it did look like a snow globe, thick opaque floaties. A little discerning but, I chalked it up to yeast. No matter what I tried I could not get it to settle. The stuff stayed in suspension after resting, storage, and extremely slow pouring. Maybe since the OP and I are in the South, we are getting older bottles or something. It does not look like yeast that I have seen in any other beer.
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Old 11-16-2008, 01:42 PM   #8
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I experianced that at a beer tasting on friday, the beer in question was a lambic though, and, we decided it was the bugs that make the beer sour, not yeast. Killer beer though.

 
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Old 11-16-2008, 02:29 PM   #9
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My friend said that he thought that it was old, skunky beer. I was not so sure.
Skunked beer comes from the beer being lightstruck (photochemical rearrangement of unisomerized hop resins via UV rays into methyl compounds that smell like a skunk). Sounds like yeast.

 
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Old 11-16-2008, 04:01 PM   #10
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Skunked beer comes from the beer being lightstruck (photochemical rearrangement of unisomerized hop resins via UV rays into methyl compounds that smell like a skunk).
Which couldn't happen in this case because of the painted bottle.
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