Hello all, I did some searches but didn't quite get my questions answered in what I came across. I currently bottle condition my batches. I've always noticed a slight difference between first and second pours from the bottles. I'm using 22oz bottles and bottling with a priming sugar solution mixed into the bottling bucket. On my lighter beers there is a clarity difference between the first pour (clean and clear) and second pour (cloudy). I assume this is the solids settling while being stored upright and just being more concentrated on the second pour. I do pour slowly to avoid getting the small amount of gunk at the bottle of the bottle into the glass. So, my first question is: can this be avoided or improved? Or is this just a side affect of all bottle conditioned brews? My second question is about the flavor change between the first and second pour. My latest beer was a Hazy IPA, so the clarity was not of concern to me. However, the first pour was exactly what I was expecting the flavor of the beer to be. The second pour had a significantly more bitter back note. I liked both pours for what they were but I was hoping for more consistency in the flavor. I experimented by storing a bottle on its side so that the beer solution mixed into itself once up-righted to pour out. The bitter notes did seem to distribute evenly through the pours at this point, but I much preferred the cleaner flavors of the upright stored bottle's first pour. I've read in a couple of places that some people judge their beer based on that first pour more so than the second. Is there any way I can get a more consistent flavor from a bottle conditioned beer when stored upright? I'd like to possibly enter some competitions in the near future but worry that if a judge receives a pour from the bottom half of the bottle that the rating would be different from if they received a top half pour... Will I be able to correct this type of issue when bottle conditioning? I hope I stated my issue clearly enough. Any insight would be much appreciated!