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Old 01-27-2012, 08:34 PM   #1
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Default IPA remains cloudy.

I have a 10 gal all grain batch of IPA and no matter what I do it remains cloudy. I think it tastes fine. I have left it in the Corny keg chilled for two weeks and dispensed it. I have added unflavored Knox gelatin and left it in the keg for a week or two more and dispensed it.

I could use some suggestions on what may have gone wrong. Help Me.

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Old 01-27-2012, 08:53 PM   #2
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Is it downright turbid,or just slightly misty? Take a look at "buckIPA v1" in my gallery to see what I mean. If it looks like that,it's normal. IPA's have a lot of hop oils in them that cause that slight mistiness.
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Old 01-27-2012, 08:58 PM   #3
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Did you add irish moss during the boil? I add about a tablespoon with 15 minutes left in the boil.

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Old 01-28-2012, 01:48 AM   #4
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=49393&cat=500 This is my IPA, it is not clear, but it is tasty.
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That's a bit more than misty. What was the flocculation rate of the yeast you used?
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I have one that is similar. I couldn't get it clear. It's an 10% IPA with a pound of hops in 7 gallons. Tasty, but I don't share it with others because of the appearance. I like to give people clear beers, I think a lot of people often draw conclusions about a beer before even tasting it.

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Time and cold will clear almost any beer. Look at the before & after pics in this thread (scroll down for the before pic).

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f66/ryeball-rye-pale-ale-295398/

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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=49393&cat=500 This is my IPA, it is not clear, but it is tasty.
This is interesting. I have an IPA that was dry hopped with pellets and looks exactly like pictures posted above. Flavors are awesome but appearance is, well, kinda nasty. Only time will tell...
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IPAs do not have to be inherently 'cloudy' or hazy. I hate when I see posts like that. Here's a picture of my double IPA with 17oz of hops in a 6 gallon batch. There's even a little condensation on the the glass.

My point is, there's probably another reason your beer is hazy other than the fact it's an IPA. It might be starch haze, suspended proteins that didn't fall out as break, chill haze, yeast in suspension, etc, etc. My money is on starch haze, which are nearly impossible to clear.

But don't let others convince you to shrug your shoulders and say "eh, it's an IPA, it's ok for it to be hazy" If you've ever seen Firestone Walker, Russian River, or Sierra Nevada's IPAs you'd know what I mean, they literally sparkle.

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scottland, did you use finings in the above pictured beer? It looks beautiful!

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