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Old 05-13-2013, 05:59 PM   #1
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Default Clearing a beer in two days for competition?

For whatever reason my West Coast IPA gelatin addition didn't clear it up. It's got a significant chill haze three weeks in the keg. I'm sending this beer into a competition and it is due for drop off in two days.

Should I:

1) Add more gelatin and hope it's cleared up by the time I bottle it in two days

2) Bottle it and add a tiny bit of gelatin (good idea?)

3) Don't worry about it, bottle it, and hope it clears by the June 1st judging

4) Transfer all beer into a new keg leaving a gallon left in the original. Cross fingers that the chill haze has just slow to fall out of suspension and the last gallon will be clear (this has happened a few time to me)

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Old 05-13-2013, 06:01 PM   #2
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i know some may disagree but I swear I messed up my head retention in a recent belgium tripel using too much gelatin. I used about 1.5 tablespoons in a 5 gallon batch (waay too much). it cleared quickly and beautifully but still, to this day, does not hold a head and barely leaves any lace on a glass and I know it held up well before the gelatin cause I was drinking it beforehand. Isn't a certain amount of cloudiness acceptable in a hoppy IPA? Probably a good idea to check the BJCP guidelines if you haven't already.

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i know some may disagree but I swear I messed up my head retention in a recent belgium tripel using too much gelatin. I used about 1.5 tablespoons in a 5 gallon batch (waay too much). it cleared quickly and beautifully but still, to this day, does not hold a head and barely leaves any lace on a glass and I know it held up well before the gelatin cause I was drinking it beforehand. Isn't a certain amount of cloudiness acceptable in a hoppy IPA? Probably a good idea to check the BJCP guidelines if you haven't already.
Appearance: Color ranges from golden amber to light copper, but most are pale to medium amber with an orange-ish tint. Should be clear, although unfiltered dry-hopped versions may be a bit hazy. Good head stand with off-white color should persist.
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appearance is 3 points, you'll maybe get dinged 1 point unless it's cloudy like a hefe

i wouldn't mess with it anymore on short notice - maybe drop the temps to as close to freezing as possible to see if any more drops out

ipas are normally a bit hazy from all the hops and dry hops

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appearance is 3 points, you'll maybe get dinged 1 point unless it's cloudy like a hefe

i wouldn't mess with it anymore on short notice - maybe drop the temps to as close to freezing as possible to see if any more drops out

ipas are normally a bit hazy from all the hops and dry hops
Exactly!

Hops haze is expected, and for chill haze the judges will knock off 1 point. A slightly hazy beer can do extremely well in competition, as long as it's not murky.

I would NOT use any more finings which can strip out flavor. And I wouldn't risk oxidation. I would submit the beer "as is".
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:25 PM   #7
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appearance is 3 points, you'll maybe get dinged 1 point unless it's cloudy like a hefe

i wouldn't mess with it anymore on short notice - maybe drop the temps to as close to freezing as possible to see if any more drops out

ipas are normally a bit hazy from all the hops and dry hops
I agree with this, apperance is not a big points. Plus if it is chill haze, I thought gelatin did nothing for it.
If you are entering to get feedback hopefully they will give you pointers on how to reduce it; if you are entering to win prizes then you will have to hope that everything else makes up for that 1-2 point drop due to the haze.
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Thanks! I'll leave as is!

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