New Giveaway - Wort Monster Conical Fermenter!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing > Clarity




Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-23-2009, 03:04 PM   #1
jb6923
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 8
Default Clarity

OK, so I'm pretty proud of my brewing for the most part. I've only been at it for 6 months or so. My brews are pretty darn tasty too, but I have an issue. I know that people have talked about beer clarity in other threads, but usually its like about whirlpooling or cold break material... I was hoping to get a synthesis response from the people who are truly "in the know". It hasn't been a big deal to me that my brews have been hazy, but I'm sorta OCD like that and want something that looks pretty, haha.



__________________
jb6923 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-23-2009, 03:06 PM   #2
jb6923
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 8
Default

It wasn't very clear so I'd like to add that I am looking for a list of, start to finish, everything I can do for a clear beer.



__________________
jb6923 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-23-2009, 03:11 PM   #3
rocketman768
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
rocketman768's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Evanston, IL
Posts: 1,086
Liked 21 Times on 18 Posts

Default

In the boil: whirlfloc
In primary or secondary: gelatin
Whirlpooling and all that: doesn't really help much in my experience

For the gelatin, use between 1 tsp and 1 tbsp in a 5 gallon batch. Bloom it by placing in a little cool water for 15 minutes, then heat the solution to about 180F or so (don't boil!). Then chuck into primary or secondary a couple of days before bottling. The last batch I did this with turned out to be the clearest beer I've made yet.

rocketman768 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-23-2009, 03:15 PM   #4
Edcculus
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Greenville, SC
Posts: 4,562
Liked 39 Times on 37 Posts

Default

I agree completely with rocketman. I usually end up with clear beer after whirlfloc. If that doesn't work, gelatin in the keg and a few days in the keezer turn out a brilliantly clear beer.

__________________
Edcculus is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-23-2009, 03:20 PM   #5
Nurmey
I love making Beer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Nurmey's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 4,002
Liked 28 Times on 25 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

I use whirlfloc or Irish moss and time. Personally I think time is the biggest factor since I've made plenty of crystal clear beers without adding any clearing agent.

__________________
Batch 1 Brewing
The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control.
Nurmey is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-23-2009, 03:26 PM   #6
brrman
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Indianapolis, IN, Indiana
Posts: 1,371
Liked 17 Times on 16 Posts
Likes Given: 13

Default

Your choice of yeast will also determine how much a beer will naturally clear.
Whirlfloc has done wonders for my beers

__________________
* My Bar Build
8-Paws Brewing Co.
On tap:
.
Secondary:
Primary:
. SN Tumbler Clone 10g
. Sycamore Oatmeal Porter 10g
. Nierra Sevada 10g
On Deck:
.
Kegged:
.

Being a perfectionist does not make one perfect.
brrman is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-23-2009, 03:31 PM   #7
SamuraiSquirrel
Feedback Score: 3 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Aurora, IL
Posts: 583
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts

Default

+1 for time. I had a really hazy beer when it was young. I forgot about a few bottles that sat in the fridge for a couple months. Couldn't even tell it was the same beer from looking at it. It was crystal clear.

__________________
SamuraiSquirrel is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-23-2009, 03:41 PM   #8
Malticulous
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: St. George Utah
Posts: 4,021
Liked 47 Times on 38 Posts
Likes Given: 45

Default

Watter has something to do with it, especially with all grain. Out of balance watter can extract more protein.

With all things brewing I think it's all about time and temperature. Proper use of temperature can minimize time.

I've made clear beers with out Irish moss and cloudy ones with it. I have my process down so well now that all of my beers are clear and I've never used finings.

__________________
Malticulous is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-23-2009, 11:02 PM   #9
auniverseaway
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Salt Lake City
Posts: 2
Default

Has anyone ever tried putting their secondary into a refrigerator at 40-45 degrees for a few days at the end to get the yeast to fall to the bottom? I'm debating this technique.

__________________
auniverseaway is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-23-2009, 11:13 PM   #10
Malticulous
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: St. George Utah
Posts: 4,021
Liked 47 Times on 38 Posts
Likes Given: 45

Default

That will work. I use this mini fridge that goes down to 31F. It's my crasher. I leave green beer in there for at least a week before I bottle.



I ferment in this chest freezer (Dunkel Weiss and a IPA are going there now.)



This is my beer fridge and I have a lager in it too.



Temp control is the most important thing in brewing.



__________________
Malticulous is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Clarity tooomanycolors Mead Forum 16 12-13-2007 11:22 PM
clarity Jack Cider Forum 2 11-30-2007 02:44 PM
PM clarity Cos All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 4 10-23-2007 04:10 PM
Clarity. Orfy All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 9 09-29-2007 06:41 PM
Clarity fat.sam Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 9 12-05-2006 02:05 AM