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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 39.62%
Yes - I believe that presentation is very important 3 5.66%
Yes - I don't see an effect on the flavor and it improves the look 6 11.32%
No - I don't care that much 18 33.96%
Both - Depends on the beer 12 22.64%
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Old 03-25-2009, 11:04 PM   #11
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I haven't filtered my beer in a long while. I find time and sometimes polyclar and gelatin will do as much without the increase of oxygenation that filtering COULD do.



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Old 03-25-2009, 11:17 PM   #12
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There are enough clarifying agents on the market and techniques like cold crashing that filtering really isn't necessary. Take a look at any beer that Biermuncher makes and you'll see what I mean. Just as clear as anything you'll pour from a bottle.



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Old 03-26-2009, 02:51 AM   #13
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There are enough clarifying agents on the market and techniques like cold crashing that filtering really isn't necessary. Take a look at any beer that Biermuncher makes and you'll see what I mean. Just as clear as anything you'll pour from a bottle.
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Old 03-26-2009, 03:31 PM   #14
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I filter about 10% of my beers. Fortunately, a canister filter can also be used as a Randall.

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Old 03-26-2009, 03:41 PM   #15
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I just don't see the need for filtering. I do have one beer right now that is rather cloudy, but I'm changing my process to get a better cold break (recirculate the CFC) to fix that. I'd rather fix the issue in the process than try to filter. Also all of my beers so far have eventually cleared as they sat in the kegorator (may have taken a month for some).

You may want to look into the protein levels of the base grains you are using, that can add haze.

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Old 03-26-2009, 03:58 PM   #16
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I filtered a beer last night and let me tell you that it was NOT worth the effort! I'm pretty sure that from now on I'll be using my filter as a hop back and worring more about my brewing process instead of fixing errors down the road.

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Old 03-26-2009, 05:47 PM   #17
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I don't care if I'm the fiftieth person to say it.

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Week or two cold conditioning after carbed(if bottling) or in the keg

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My bottles are always hazy for the first couple days after I chill them, but after a week, they clear up. This took much longer before I started using Whirlfloc.



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