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What the heck is this?
« on: December 16, 2013, 03:46:24 PM »
just popped the top on a bottle of Port Brewing's Santa's Little Helper Imperial Stout.  The first thing I noticed was there was no carbonation or head forming.  At the end of the pour I heard a plop.  Then something slightly lighter in color than the beer floated to the surface.  I pulled out a gelatinous blob.  My first impression is that it looks like a vinegar mother.

No, before you ask, I didn't drink any.  Yes, even though I know it wouldn't make me sick.  I just dumped it.  I tried to upload a video but all I could get Photobucket to accept was a still:

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Re: What the heck is this?
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2013, 03:48:28 PM »
I would guess vinegar mother as well. Did you at least smell the beer?

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Re: What the heck is this?
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2013, 03:50:35 PM »
I don't know what that is exactly, other than something undesirable. I'd contact the brewery. I bet they'd be happy to replace at least that bottle. I had issues with a Lost Abbey beer a couple years ago and they swiftly sent a couple bottles and some swag.

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Re: What the heck is this?
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2013, 04:01:42 PM »
either a vinegar mother or some SCOBY. pretty gross either way though. +1 on contacting the brewery. They might like to know at very least.

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Re: What the heck is this?
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2013, 04:53:38 PM »
Definitely contact the brewery, and be sure to pass along that photograph as well as any bottle date information.

I am under the impression that Lost Abbey / Port Brewing tries to address QC issues like this as best possible.

Sorry to see that you got such a bad bottle.

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Re: What the heck is this?
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2013, 06:11:23 PM »
I'm going to guess it was some sort of build up from a dirty bottler that came unclogged just in time to plop in your unsuspecting bottle. I've seen that type of thick, mucusy build up in my taps before. Gross!

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Re: What the heck is this?
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2013, 06:14:19 PM »
If it were me I would have pitched it to a small starter just for the hell of it.

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Re: What the heck is this?
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2013, 06:22:00 PM »
If it were me I would have pitched it to a small starter just for the hell of it.

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Re: What the heck is this?
« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2013, 06:24:06 PM »
That's considered a delicacy in some parts of the world.   :P
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Re: What the heck is this?
« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2013, 06:42:59 PM »
I think I just vomited a little bit. Nasty. Gives me heeby-geebies.
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Re: What the heck is this?
« Reply #10 on: December 16, 2013, 07:18:08 PM »
I would have plopped it in the toilet and told the wife I didn't feel so good.

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Re: What the heck is this?
« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2013, 07:25:49 PM »
You know how they put a worm in bottles of tequila?  Well, they put leaches in bottles of imperial stouts. 

Real men eat 'em.   Santa does!  :o
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Re: What the heck is this?
« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2013, 02:33:34 PM »
I got a bottle of Santa's Little Helper Imperial Stout last year and it had the same gunk. Almost made me hurl when I got to the bottom.
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Re: What the heck is this?
« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2013, 03:01:24 PM »
Maybe the SCOBY is Santa's little helper.

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Re: What the heck is this?
« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2013, 03:33:44 PM »
Maybe the SCOBY is Santa's little helper.

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