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Old 05-03-2014, 02:28 PM   #1
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Hi,

I brewed my first lager, a German pilsner. Unfortunately, I forgot to add the whirlfloc. Considering that was the only hiccup during brew day, I consider it a good brew day.

It fermented fine, no diacetyl, good FG, and I racked it into a secondary for lagering. Should I be worried I forgot to clarify it? Will it settle OK during lagering or should I think about fining?

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Old 05-03-2014, 03:09 PM   #2
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Lagering will help clear it . You'll be fine without whirlfloc.

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My lagers always come out clear. I can't say the same for my ales, although they are getting much better.

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Good to hear. It tasted good when I racked it to secondary. Clarity is the only thing left for me to worry about.


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Let it ride in the secondary.


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It will clear just fine..... I just did a Czech Pilsner and didn't add any Irish moss or any thing of the sort.... Not even gelatin .....don't worry about it
It will clear up and able to see through it in about 2-3 weeks

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Default Forgot to add Whirlfloc to lager - does it matter?

In my experience, I have to take a multipronged approach for perfectly clear beer. My most clear beers required Whirfloc/Irish moss during the boil, a quick chill from boiling to pitching temperature, cold crashing/conditioning, and gelatin. I'm not certain, but I assume mash profiles, vorlaufing, and other factors probably come into play as well.

I'll get good enough results by skipping a step or two, and prolonging the conditioning/cold crashing, but I can only achieve true commercial beer clarity by doing all of these things (or just serving it on the warmer side). I've made a few of those batches with perfect clarity, but for the most part, I don't worry much about it.

If clarity is that important to you, lager it and add some gelatin. I'm sure it will help it look prettier, but it will probably still taste the same.

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To answer your question....absolutely not! It will clear just fine on it's own during the prolonged period of time it's resting at lager temps. Futher, if you want to make it super crystal clear. Filter it after lagering is done

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Just try not to stir too much trub up when racking to secondary (and then later for bottling or kegging) and you should be fine.

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