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Old 04-14-2013, 10:44 PM   #1
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I bottle two weeks ago and was looking at my bottles today and noticed there is a settling on the bottom and the beer is still slightly hazy. I gently mixed the sediment up into the beer but it just re settled. I also notice one or two particles floating in the beer. Did something go wrong, or does homebrew just not clear up as clear as store bought beer? This was an extract 1 gal batch ale.

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Old 04-14-2013, 11:00 PM   #2
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Most homebrew will be cloudier than store bought beer. It is probably fine.

There are several things you can try if you would like the beer to be clearer next time, ie cold crashing, gelatin, filters etc.

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Old 04-14-2013, 11:03 PM   #3
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Ok thanks

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In the meantime, make sure it is chilled and that you pour slowly. You want that layer to stay on the bottom.

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Ok but i dont chill till its been bottled for 3 weeks right?

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If givin more time it will clear, they all do, eventually. I'd be willing to bet you will love the taste right now though.

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Ok but i dont chill till its been bottled for 3 weeks right?
Correct. When drinking it, chilling will help those particles and the remaining yeast settle to the bottom and sort of stick down there. You can get them pretty clear after they've aged a few weeks.
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Yeah i know new glarus brewing here in wisconsin has spotted cow and when they sit to long the yeast will settle but you set it on its side and gently roll it back and forth and it re incorporates into the beer!

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Does all grain usually end up cloudy too. Cause it seems like it is clear until i prime. Seems like its the primer that clouds it up.

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Does all grain usually end up cloudy too. Cause it seems like it is clear until i prime. Seems like its the primer that clouds it up.
No, neither extract nor all-grain are cloudy. If they are, it's the fault of the brewer and not the ingredients.

It's totally possible to get clear beer even on the first batch, and for me clarity is important. I know it's just aesthetics, but I don't want to drink murky beer. A little hops haze is fine, or a little haze in a wheat beer is cool. But I'm not drinking something that looks murky!
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