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View Poll Results: Do we need to filter our beer or no? Pick whatever applies
No - I love my beer to be full flavored 21 38.89%
Yes - I believe that presentation is very important 4 7.41%
Yes - I don't see an effect on the flavor and it improves the look 6 11.11%
No - I don't care that much 18 33.33%
Both - Depends on the beer 13 24.07%
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:25 PM   #1
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I am thinking about whether or not to get a filter for my beers. Honestly I don't really need to filter as the beer tastes great. I get a hazy beer every time, but in the grand scheme of things I am not worried one bit. Do we really care about the clarity if it means a slight loss of flavor? Anyways, let me know what you guys think too.

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Old 03-25-2009, 07:28 PM   #2
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There a better, cheaper and easier ways to achieve clarity than filtering. Cold conditioning, whirfloc, gelatin to name a few.

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Old 03-25-2009, 07:32 PM   #3
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Cold crashing removes my sediment, I am using Irish moss and have not floating mass in my beer, gelatin is useful, but that is an answer to a different question

I am mainly talking about haze, whether from chilling or the brewing process. And of course you get rid of any particulate and other nasties with filtering so it is dual action.

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I've found that a quick cold break has been a huge help in getting rid of my chill haze. Once I starting getting 5 gallons down from boil to below 90* in 15 min bu just gently stirring the wort around the chiller.

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I have a filter but don't use it.

Didn't make any real difference in clarity.

Hard boils, quick chilling after the boil, sufficient time in the secondary with gelatin and cold crashing for 10+days.

That gave me commercial looking brews.

Of course...I haven't given up on the thought of using the filter as a hop back.

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I have totally thought about using it as a hop back. I don't have a pump though and so am not sure how I would accomplish that as of yet. Wait a tick...!!!...corny to corny I have my moments.

I need to chill faster but still have yet to invest in a chiller and am using a water bath cooling method as of yet.

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Whirlfloc, IC and a week in the keg chilling give me a really clear beer. Would not want to mess with the formula. Now if I could just get past the too much cold break clog problem I would be happy.

Of course if I lived so close to the Pliny I might just hang out @ Russian River Brewing.

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You would waste your life, your money, and your braincells. Instead I choose to waste my life in pursuit of the Pliny, waste my money brewing it and waste my braincells in the research of how to achieve it.

Here is the closest I have come yet, Pliny the Middle Child

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I need to chill faster but still have yet to invest in a chiller and am using a water bath cooling method as of yet.
I would use the money you are planning to spend on filtering on an immersion chiller! My 2 cents....
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I need to chill faster but still have yet to invest in a chiller and am using a water bath cooling method as of yet.
Well, if you get a chiller, you'll probably have clear beer. I have never used finings, or filtered, and my beer is crystal clear. Whirlfloc and a great cold break do it every time.
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