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Old 10-19-2010, 08:42 PM   #1
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Am I the only one thats sort of put off by a really clear beer? theres a discussion in the all grain forums right now about sierra nevada torpedo and while I am a fan(got a sixer in the fridge right now), i cant help but be disappointed by how crystal clear it is. I get this painful feeling in my soul that tells me this delicious brew could be even better if they just didnt f**k with it so much.

am i alone in this? drinking a sierra nevada hefe right now btw. delicious and more cloudy than the morality of a catholic priest

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Old 10-19-2010, 10:15 PM   #2
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it doesn't bother me, but if its one of those things where it's not necessarily 'supposed' to be clear, then it makes you wonder why exactly it is.

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Old 10-19-2010, 10:18 PM   #3
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I like clear beers. No magic to it. I don't filter or anything, but most of my beers get crystal clear after some aging. I'd much rather drink a clear homebrew than a cloudy one (unless it's supposed to be cloudy like a hefeweizen).

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Old 10-19-2010, 10:19 PM   #4
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To me, clarity is a good thing. If you can produce a super clear beer, it means you have a good process. Unless it's a wheat or a bottle conditioned beer, I don't want it cloudy. Even bottle conditioned beers should be clear after a little while in the bottle. Whenever I see a cloudy homebrew, it makes me think the person isn't taking enough time to condition.

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Old 10-19-2010, 10:20 PM   #5
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What exactly is wrong with a clear beer? Unless a beer is supposed to be cloudy, I consider clarity an important quality to strive for.

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Old 10-19-2010, 11:12 PM   #6
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I'm confused as well. Commercial beer hasn't been hazy since I've been on the planet with a few style exceptions so would anybody be put off by clear beer? I recently discovered that cold conditioning my brew in the fridge for a week or more removes all chill haze. Prior to that I would just chill what I planned on drinking a day or two in advance and they were always hazy. I love my new crystal clear brew.

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Old 10-19-2010, 11:25 PM   #7
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I like clear beers. No magic to it. I don't filter or anything, but most of my beers get crystal clear after some aging. I'd much rather drink a clear homebrew than a cloudy one (unless it's supposed to be cloudy like a hefeweizen).
Yeah, me too. I want my beers CLEAR. Like, read a newspaper through it clear. Now, if it has a hops haze, it's ok and I won't reject the beer, but overall I want my beers clear.

To me, a clear beer is a well made beer. I don't drink wheat beers, so I expect a clear beer.
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Old 10-20-2010, 12:23 AM   #8
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maybe its just how i was introduced to beer that isnt just bud light or coors light. first thing i had that was even remotely interesting was blue moon then fat tire and 1554 shortly thereafter. I guess now when I pour a torpedo and its so clear it just makes me think of those flavorless light beers that i grew up around.

i guess shooting for a clear brew is just something ill have to get used to

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Old 10-20-2010, 01:04 AM   #9
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I like clear beer. Most of my beers settle out crystal clear - I use moss, gelatin for ale, and also polyclar 10 for pils.

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I like the not so clear beer, Because it tastes better, all that stuff you filter and fine out of the beer is flavor elements.

That's my personal opinion.

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