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Old 11-04-2008, 04:20 AM   #1
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Default Keggers: To filter or not to filter?

In reading up on various kegging threads, I see some people filter their beer before kegging, while others make no mention of it. Obviously, you wouldn't want to filter a hefe, but I'm curious, how many of you filter, how many of you don't bother?

For those that don't, I presume there's some sort of sediment left at the bottom of your keg. Does this get pulled through the liquid lines and into your glass?

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Old 11-04-2008, 04:25 AM   #2
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I have never filtered my beer out of the fear of ruining it, and i still have been able to achieve clarity...but i do use irish moss religiously

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Old 11-04-2008, 04:27 AM   #3
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No way. First pint, maybe two has some sediment. I don't need the extra hassle. Whirlfloc (irish moss) every time, and I cold crash before kegging, which just cuts back on how much sediment needs to get cleared out (or how much beer gets left in the better bottle).

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Old 11-04-2008, 04:29 AM   #4
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Never filter, whirflock and cold crashing only


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Old 11-04-2008, 04:37 AM   #5
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Sorry what is cold crashing right before kegging and how do you go about it?

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Old 11-04-2008, 04:40 AM   #6
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I dont, I just make sure to keep wirloc on hand, I made a filter that you use from one keg to the next useing CO2 to push the beer ,, i only used it once when i was a wide eyed noob, the filter was too good(?) it was like a 3 micron or something and it pulled out alot of color and smell, i never used it again , i just found i never needed it with a proper cold break, secondary and wirloc ,, and the other times i just dont care,, cloudy beer that taste good get drank just as fast.

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Old 11-04-2008, 04:46 AM   #7
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there is a cold crash and a cold break ; a cold break is where you quicky as you can cool your wort after the boil with some type of chiller, this co-wag-you-lates the proteins to form trub in teh bottom of the kettle, this makes a clearer beer.
a cold crash is where you chiller your beer pryer to kegging near freezing like 36 38 Freg temp , this crashes out the yeast and other stuff and makes a clearer beer

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Old 11-04-2008, 06:18 AM   #8
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Oh ya I filter the beers that I really want to impress people with or if I want to take a beer from grain to glass FAST and I want it clear, I will filter w/ a 1 micron. I can see really clear beer about 3-4 days after secondary is complete and the beers have been carbonated. I have found (for me) that I have clarity issues for some reason and my really light beers (1.040 and smaller) don’t clear very fast, not really sure why, so those are the ones I filter.
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I've never filtered. I've never had the need to. Using whirlfloc in the boil with an aggressive boil for hot break, fast chilling for a good cold break, up to a month in primary and a week at 40 in the keg. I've never had a chill haze or had sediment problems.

Head retention issues, on the other hand..

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Old 11-04-2008, 01:44 PM   #10
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I filter when I rack (both from primary and from secondary) by tying a sanitized nylon hopping bag to the end on the racking cane. It doesn't seem to effect my beer and it does keep sediment out of my kegging set-up.

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