Originally Posted by ECUbrewer
What exactly is cold break? Hops and such left over after boiling? I send my wort through a strainer into my primary but it still always looks murky. I dont have much patience so I usualy have cloudy beer. Will letting the beer sit for a while clear this up?
Adam78k - How is your left hand milk clone? Im brewing this next weekend from a recipe found here, think its the same one?
cold break is the coagulated proteins that form when you rapidly chill the wort. It looks like big gobs of egg drop soup. I'll find a good picture so you can see what I mean.
Edit- here's a photo from Richbrewer's gallery. He made a starter, and chilled it to pitch the yeast. Here's the result:
Clear wort like that leads to clear beer. The hot break and cold break fall out, and those are proteins that can cause hazy beer.
I don't strain mine out- I have a CFC now, so it all goes into the fermenter.