Originally Posted by andrewdell19
With the PBW I filled the sink with hot water, added whatever amount it says to add, let the primary and other materials soak for 15 mins or so...
I use Irish Moss yes- 1 tsp added directly to the boil. I will try adding it to water first and then adding that to the boil. I will also try using it twice in the boil.
To cool the wort I use the ice bath method stiring the wort to help it cool faster. I just dump the kettle into the primary and dont use the siphon. I will try putting a grain bag at the end of the siphon and go from kettle to primary that way.
I still think I am doing something wrong but I cant for the life of my figure it out.
Thanks for the advice!
PBW has saved my life on many occasions. OK, that's an exaggeration but it is really good stuff.
Don't worry too much about cooling, you can get a clear beer without cooling at all. That has other effects, but it sounds like you are doing fine, consider getting an immersion chiller though, they are cheap and easy to use.
For clarity, make sure to use some sort of agent in the boil with 10min to go. Irish Moss is what I use, but Whirlfloc is basically the same thing but a bit more powerful.
After this, the most effective way to clear something quickly is to chill it after fermentation is complete to 32-40F. This is called cold crashing and I do it for every beer I make. After 3 days, you should be good to rack a very clear beer.
If neither of these solutions work, you can look to gelatin for cleaning things up. The only other possibility I can think of after all of that is to mess with your water chemistry as that can make a beer appear cloudy.
Mostly, I noticed as I got better at my process and refined various items, the beers just cleared up on their own. I know that doesn't help much, but there are probably several ways to improve your system from quicker cooling to more controlled fermentation temperatures and they will all help you make better and clearer beer.
Also, I wouldn't worry too much about the infection possiblity, if it's infected, you'll know.