Home brew serving Tips!
Below are a few helpful tips for how to store and serve your home brew.
Please note that this only applies to cider and beer as wine and 20% Spirit do not have sediment (because they are flat) and you can drink the whole bottle.
Pouring a home brew is very similar to pouring a commercial beer. However, there are a couple of things that you can do to maximize the home brew drinking experience.
Many home brewers do not have access to beer filters to make the beer sparkling clear when it is bottled. Instead, they rely on time and gravity to cause most of the sediment to drop to the bottom of the bottle before it is drank. You will find varying amounts of sediment in different home brewed beers. It is best not to remix the sediment with the beer when drinking because it affects the flavor of the beer and causes the beer to be cloudy, thereby losing some of the visual appeal of a clear beer. Because of this sediment, you will not want to drink directly out of the bottle, but pour it into a beer glass prior to consuming. You will also want to be careful to not pour the sediment into the glass with the rest of the beer.
Sophisticated equipment that breweries use when carbonating their beer may not be available to the home brewer. Home brewers rely on tried and true methods that behave reliably most of the time, but minor variations here and there may contribute to larger differences in the final product. To cut to the chase: carbonation levels will more than likely differ between different batches of beer. Some may be highly carbonated, requiring a very careful pour. Others may be less carbonated, requiring more splashing to get a respectable head on the beer.
*Note please remember to rinse the sediment out of the bottles or the keg once you have drunk your home brew. This stops it drying to the bottom of the container (making them easier to clean) and prevents fruit fly’s and a yeasty smell.
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