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Old 12-11-2009, 04:18 PM   #1
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Default How to make clear beer

I cannot make a clear beer. But, I can tell when I have just 2 or 3 pints left in the keg as they come out crystal clear. It would seem what ever is in solution and has settled sits in the bottom of the keg and is drawn out pint after pint until finally gone?

I need some advice or suggestions.

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Old 12-11-2009, 04:21 PM   #2
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Do you use Irish moss, Gelatin, or cold crash?

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Old 12-11-2009, 04:26 PM   #3
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Yeah, to me it sounds like it could be chill haze. That'll clear up if you keep the beer cold long enough. Seems like "long enough" is almost how long it takes for you to clear a keg.

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Yeah, to me it sounds like it could be chill haze. That'll clear up if you keep the beer cold long enough. Seems like "long enough" is almost how long it takes for you to clear a keg.
Exactly. You either need more taps, or somewhere to cold condition kegs before they go on tap.
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What sort of timeline are you looking at so far?

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I just "discovered" cold crashing. My beer went from a hazy mess to clear enough to read a newspaper through.

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Chill / cold crash and add a packet of knox gelatin disolved in a pint of 170 - 180 degree water. Wait a couple of days and keg...brilliant beer.

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Yeah, to me it sounds like it could be chill haze. That'll clear up if you keep the beer cold long enough. Seems like "long enough" is almost how long it takes for you to clear a keg.
I do use irish moss the last 15 min of the boil.

Maybe I didn't wait long enough for the beer to settle clear in the past but I have finally built up a supply since going to 10 gal batches. I have an Irish Ale that was kegged 11/07 and it is still not clear. It has been in the kegerator at 38F and on CO2 the entire time. I could give gelatin a try with that one and see what happens. Now that's it's carbonated, I probably shouldn't swirl it around after adding the gelatin mixture.
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Try it with your next batch. Gelatin and then cold crash.

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Try it with your next batch. Gelatin and then cold crash.
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