How to Serve Home Brew Beer?

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I have heard that home brewed beer needs to be poured from a bottle to a glass and that you should leave a little beer in the bottle because sediment builds there while carbonating and it has an unpleasant taste.

Is this true? Also is there any way a home brewer can avoid this?
 

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Yes this is true if you bottle condition the beer. You can get around this if you carbonate the beer in a keg, then use a bottle filler to fill each bottle after the keg has been kept cold for a couple weeks.
 

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The yeast DON'T give you an unpleasant taste, many of us like the taste. And it's very good for you as well.

Many commercial beers are bottle conditioned as well; Some of Bell's, Rogues, and a lot of Belgian...If you don't learn to do it, you are going to lose out on tasting some amazing beers from around the world.
 

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I actually don't mind the yeast when I am drinking a beer. Although it does change the taste. But look at it this way, it is seldom bad and yeast is one of the best sources of vitamin B and will help with hangovers. :)

But if you are careful when pouring you can leave most of it in the bottle as it packs down nicely when chilled.
 

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The yeast is good for you and if you secondary ferment you could drink right from the bottle, I have, take Revvy's advise...
 

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Some beer styles don't benefit from yeast flavor. With practice, it becomes really easy to keep the majority of the sediment out of your pour.
 
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I put WAY too much work, and money into my beer to hide it in a bottle.

Heck, I'd even bottle in clear glass if it wouldn't skunk.

Be proud of what you've made and pour it into a nice glass.
 

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+1 to Big Kahuna. Part of enjoying good beer is looking at it. If it's hidden away in a brown bottle, I can't see it! I like to look at the excellent "star-bright" clarity I can achieve in an unfiltered beer, so I pour very carefully into a clean glass.

Further, certain beers are best enjoyed in different glassware. I like strong ale or bock, for instance, in a snifter. I like Belgian ales in a tulip glass.

I only drink Yuengling from the bottle. ;)

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Bob
 

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Even bud commercials tell you to pour it into a glass to release the aromas and flavors more (ha, like bud has those). Beer bottles aren't meant as serving vessels, just storage. All beer should be enjoyed from a glass.
 

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Ditto all above comments.

Bottles are for storing
Glasses are for serving
Pour slowly, leave 1/4" behind = no Sediment
Pour freely, swirl, complete pour = with yeast
Yeast is good for you but it can indeed change the flavor of your beer if thats not what you want

Enjoy
 

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Why avoid it... it means you did it right!!
 

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Someone once said ( I might have read it here originally)

"You wouldn't drink wine out of the bottle would you?"

Seems to make sense to me . Of course that doesn't stop me from drinking out from a bottle often enough.

but on topic, I always bottle condition and find a good secondary ferment will help keep minimal sediment in the bottles. Depending on the yeast and how much sugar/dme is used at bottling.

If it really bothers you brew dark beers.
 
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Thanks for all the insight. I bottled my first brew a week ago and to ensure a constant supply of beer (as any college student needs) I'm getting ready to brew a new batch.
 
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