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Old 11-27-2013, 02:33 AM   #1
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Default My beer only settled about 1/3 down

My latest brew is in the secondary dry hopping at the moment. I was careful when I transferred it from the primary, only taking the beer, not the yeast/break sludge, and that worked out pretty well. After a few days though the top 1/3 is crystal clear, but the bottom has a haze. I used whirlfloc.

I'm not worried about this, but can I expect this to clear? If not, what exactly is the haze? I want to know for next time.

This beer is 14lbs of 2 Row, 1lb of Crystal 20L, 2oz of Magnum at 60 minutes, 1 oz each of Centennial at 30, 10 and 1, and 2oz of Citra for dry hops. Whirlfloc went in at 10 minutes left. Yeast was a very active 1056 made in a 2L starter. This batch exploded twice during fermentation, so maybe this has something to do with it. Temps right now are around 64.

Should I try cold crashing it? It should be cold enough outside for me to do this without redoing my fridge.

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Old 11-28-2013, 12:06 AM   #2
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Cold crashing it for a few days before bottling certainly can't hurt and it will likely help drop out that cloudiness.

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The haze actually rose instead of dropping over Thanksgiving when I wasn't home, although it seems to have dropped again today. Maybe it is rising and falling with the ambient indoor temps. I'll keg it and put it in the fridge after dry hopping. That usually clears my beer out after the first few glasses.

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And now it is so clear that I can see the hop bag all the way through from both sides.

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It's in the keg now, just one day, but I took a draw and got the sludge that settled. It still tastes really good and is slightly carbed now. It was completely clear when racking to the keg.

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