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Old 05-05-2008, 02:14 PM   #1
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Default Chill haze in an extract batch???

I brewed a Coopers kit, and I'm getting chill haze when I refrigerate it. Just a slight cloudyness, not a big deal, but was wondering if this is normal?

It's only my second brew, and my first was a stout, so I wouldn't have noticed it in the first batch.

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Old 05-05-2008, 03:29 PM   #2
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Normal... not sure how long you left it in primary/secondary, etc... but longevity certainly helps cure chill haze along with the addition of irish moss during the last 15 minutes of the boil.

Finally, put your beer in the fridge and let it cool down for a week before drinking will also help. If all this does not really help you could consider some sort of fining agent like geletin at the end of your secondary.

Clairity has always been a struggle for me, certainly through my extract days, and now as an AG brewer.

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Old 05-05-2008, 06:15 PM   #3
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It spent a week in primary and two weeks in secondary, been in bottles for two weeks. It was a no boil kit, so no boil to use irish moss in. Crystal clear till I put it in the fridge. It's not a big deal, just didn't know if it was normal with a no boil extract kit.

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Here's an article on improving clarity.

Chill haze is primarily caused by proteins and (possibly) contaminants. Proteins come from the malts and grains you use. Contamination could be caused by underpitching yeast (no starter), not cooling your wort and pitching your yeast quick enough, or poor sanitation.

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I'm guessing that you're only chilling for a short period of time. If you leave the fully carbed bottles in the cold for a week or two, they'll pour clear.

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I make a whole lot of the no boil kits and that chill have is not uncommon. For me it is hit or miss sometimes I get it some times i dont. I find the lobger it is stored in the bottles the better. As these guys mentioned as well if you can leave it in the fridge for more then a week to chill it usually does the trick.

It will taste as good either way so no need to worry

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Thanks for all the info. I don't have the fridge space to store all of them cold for extended periods of time, so I guess I just live with it.

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