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Old 10-28-2008, 10:55 PM   #1
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Default Why does my tripel get cloudy?

Belgian tripel, extract w/ grain steeping. 1 month in the bottle. When refrigerated it gets very cloudy. not sure what it is or if it affects flavor, just curious. (and no, its not yeast being stirred up)

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Old 10-28-2008, 10:57 PM   #2
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Look up "chill haze", cuz it sounds like you got one.

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Yes, chill haze. It does not affect the taste of the beer, and it's never bothered me enough to bother trying to do anything about it.

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Old 10-28-2008, 11:26 PM   #4
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Leave it in the fridge for a month before drinking, it will be clear again...

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Old 10-28-2008, 11:32 PM   #5
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+1 for chill haze. It doesn't effect the flavor any though. It's cause by proteins that remain in solution after fermentation. Given enough time, they will settle out during prolonged conditioning. This can be accelerated quite a bit by cold-crashing, though. Ployclar is said to reduce chill haze as well.

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Old 10-29-2008, 01:10 AM   #6
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Thanks a ton all...just never seen it in my brews and was curious.

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There are a variety of methods to control chill haze.

Irish Moss in a strong, vigorous boil with good formation of hot break, a protein rest in the mash, and rapid bitter wort chilling with resultant good cold break formation are the keys. If you do all that and still end up with haze, try Polyclar in the bright tank.

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A little haze isn't out of character for a tripel, to be honest. Many excellent Belgian brews pour a little cloudy.

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