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Old 09-06-2013, 10:18 PM   #11
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Using a filter is a sign of weakness!

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Old 09-06-2013, 10:24 PM   #12
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Filtered beer tastes cleaner and looks better. I just filtered a Kolsch, took a glass around of filtered vs. unfiltered, and 8 out of 8 people that I work with liked the filtered glass better. Maybe it's a placebo effect, but regardless, the filtered beer looked and tasted better to 8 people. I don't filter porters, stouts, wheat beers or belgians. Pales, IPAs, Kolsch and Lagers all go through the rough pads though...

Yes, it's an extra step that takes a little extra time. But remember: A brew day can take 4-8 hours, and fermentation takes at least 1-2 weeks. Is another hour for a better finished product really not worth it?

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Old 09-06-2013, 10:41 PM   #13
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+1 for Whirfloc and no filtering. I can read the computer screen through the one I'm drinking now. However, if you like filtering - go for it! I'm in complete agreement that a little extra time is worth a product that you think is superior!

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Old 09-06-2013, 10:46 PM   #14
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Here's a question about one of our own products haha: Has anyone tried using Clarity Ferm?

http://morebeer.com/products/clarity...gle-serve.html

I haven't tried it yet, but one of my co-workers said it worked really well when used in combination with whirlfloc. Any feedback from the forums would be great though!

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Old 09-06-2013, 10:47 PM   #15
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I've never heard about it removing hop oils... do tell
I have, mostly from reading reviews about plate filters. Granted, it is all anecdotal, but the theory is out there.
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Old 09-06-2013, 10:57 PM   #16
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If I wanted clear beer I would drink bud light.

Seriously though, I could care less if beer is clear.

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Old 09-06-2013, 10:57 PM   #17
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I filter some of my beers. I keg and cold crash with gelatin and lager, but I'm here to tell you this: filtering makes a beer brilliantly clear.

I don't mess with it much because of the extra step, and I like my beers fine, but all my lagers get filtered. It's really remarkable how clear they are after filtering.

I'm kegging Octoberfests tonight. I'm going to filter just one of the kegs, and then see the difference. I'll try to take some pics and post them later. I'll give them a few weeks in cold storage and we'll see the differences. Yes, I know that lagers are meant to be stored, but filtering is a great way to skip the "lagering".

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Old 09-06-2013, 11:16 PM   #18
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I'm going to try Biofine CL this weekend. A lot of pro brewers are using it instead of filtering. It's supposed to drop the beer clear in a 48 hour cold crash. I'm trying it on a low flocculating strain. I'd have to crash it for a month to clear it without finings.



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I use whirlfloc then fine kegs with geletin. Happy with results.... but I was just wondering see if I'm missing something ... spur on a discussion ya know!
Filtering is good for removing yeast so you can then add some fermentables that you don't want fermented. But you can also accomplish this feat with pasteurization.
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I'm wondering how long it takes you guys to get your beer clear. Say after 2 weeks fermentation, then what do you do? Ive had chill haze that takes forever to clear. I personally don't want to wait 4+ weeks for beer to clear in the fridge.

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