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Old 12-09-2012, 01:29 PM   #1
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So I cold crashed my Pale Ale on Monday, pulled it out of the fridge today to bottle some and keg the rest and found something a little odd. It seems that my beer has serpearted! Not sure what caused this or what the two layers are. My best guess is a very thing layer of beer on top and the rest is beer with yeasties still in it? What are ya'lls thoughts?



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Old 12-09-2012, 01:37 PM   #2
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the top is starting to clear, but it's not all the way clear yet. Beer (and wine) clear from the top down. In winemaking, they even call that process "drop clear", as in "The wine will drop clear in cold temperatures".



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Thanks Yooper. So should I leave it to keep clearing? Was hoping to bottle this to give out for Xmas gifts! Or could it clear in bottles w/o leaving to much gunk on the bottom?

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How long has it been fermenting before you cold crashed? Looks like it could spend another week or two in the fermenter.

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Thanks Yooper. So should I leave it to keep clearing? Was hoping to bottle this to give out for Xmas gifts! Or could it clear in bottles w/o leaving to much gunk on the bottom?
My preference is to bottle only clear beer, but you could bottle it if you need to for gifts. Maybe another 48 hours in the cold would clear it more, though, and I'd try that first.
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It was brewed about 3-4 weeks ago, can't remember exactly. It's my House Pale Ale, don't bother keeping to many numbers on it anymore. It was nice and clear, but then dry hopped for 6 days and cloudied it up a nice bit. Don't really have time to wait 2 more weeks. If it starts getting carbed now will it slow down the "drop clear"?

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It was brewed about 3-4 weeks ago, can't remember exactly. It's my House Pale Ale, don't bother keeping to many numbers on it anymore. It was nice and clear, but then dry hopped for 6 days and cloudied it up a nice bit. Don't really have time to wait 2 more weeks. If it starts getting carbed now will it slow down the "drop clear"?
If you bottle now, you'll just have more stuff in the bottles. It's not a big deal, as long as your friends won't think poorly of it.
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Yooper,
Had another issue with an IPA I just made. My beer was pretty clear prior to dry hopping, then after a week long cold crash I am still getting this serpation issue. It doesn't seperate any more then just a little bit. Anyone else ever have a problem like this? Is it because of BIAB?

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Chris - I seriously doubt BIAB has anything to do with it. I BIAB exclusively and have never noticed this issue.

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Doed - I feel the same way, as I don't frequently have this problem.



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