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Old 11-11-2008, 02:07 AM   #1
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Default Does too fine of a crush cause cloudy beer?

I am a bottler and have recently had most of my beers turn out very very cloudy. They taste great but the level of cloudiness is starting to bug me.

I have a barley crusher set to 0.34 or 0.35" and was wondering if the extra flour from the crush be causing this cloudiness.

I don't want this to turn into a thread about how to make your beer clear. I just want answers specifically regarding to how a fine crush affects clarity.

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Old 11-11-2008, 02:10 AM   #2
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I dont think so, that particulate would be so large that it should settle out in the fermentor easily. Flour would be much more coarse than say, yeast... larger particles, so my vote is for no.

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Old 11-11-2008, 02:57 AM   #3
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Well I've heard if you want a wheat beer to stay cloudy, add some flour. So I was wondering.

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I read threads much more than I reply and have never heard of such a relationship. I have my crusher set to .035 but I keg and the beers are pretty clear. How long do you keep the bottles in the refrigerator before drinking? I am thinking that a longer time ( 4 to 5 days) would help the sediment drop and compact in the bottom of each bottle resulting in a clearer beer.

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Well I've heard if you want a wheat beer to stay cloudy, add some flour. So I was wondering.
i've heard this too, but it seems silly. i've never had a hefeweizen go clear on me.
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Old 11-11-2008, 03:47 AM   #6
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Well I've had some beers in the fridge for at least a week and were still cloudy. I made a witbier once that was pretty clear. Don't know how that happened.

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what yeast did you use? that would probably be why.

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i've heard this too, but it seems silly. i've never had a hefeweizen go clear on me.
lol - they can't go clear if you drink em all in a week
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lol, you're on to me.

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Are you using any boil additives like irish moss?

If not that is your first place to start, the next question is about your boiling/cooling. It sounds to me like your getting chill haze in your beers.

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