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Old 03-11-2012, 06:46 PM   #1
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So I've just tranfered my "Cooper's" Canadian Blonde Beer into the secondary fermenter so I get to see it's wonderful color. However It's pretty cloudy. Any suggestions for ensuring that it clarifies?

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Old 03-11-2012, 06:54 PM   #2
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That will mostly happen naturally over time if you let it sit still. If you feel so inclined you can use a fining agent such as polyclar or gelatin to clean it up some more. There's also a technique called "cold crashing" where you drop the temperature of the wort down to encourage the yeast to go dormant and fall out of solution.

I find that letting it sit is sufficient for my needs.

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Old 03-11-2012, 07:05 PM   #3
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Read the threads about using gelatin. Very easy to do and when used in conjunction with cold crashing will make your beer as clear as any filtered beer you can buy in the store.

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Old 03-11-2012, 07:07 PM   #4
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just let it sit in the carboy for 2 weeks, then bottle.

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Old 03-11-2012, 07:33 PM   #5
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Cold crash...

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patience is the name of the game here my son. just give it a couple weeks then another 3 weeks in a bottle and it'll be clear.

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Old 03-12-2012, 01:38 AM   #7
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i actually just noticed the same thing in my first bottle of my first batch. ok ill admit is supposed to age for another 2 weeks so i kinda knew it would happen but after its done aging just letting it chill in the fridge is cold crashing right. i drank it warm cause im impatient. so far not the best beer ever but not to bad. curious to taste again in two weeks. also was kinda flat with little bubbles that died quickly and a thick head that died fast. thinking there may have been soap residue in glass. will that also fix over time or do i just need to let it age properly.

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I just bought some fancy geltine for clarifying brews. Never used it before but I'm doing a batch this friday. After racking and pitching the warm mix, did you cool down everything so it settled or it just happened without chilling the beer? The solids come out the form of cloggy gelatin or does it come out like turbid liquid through the drain?

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Gelatin, eh? Is there any options for clarifying that are not animal derived products?

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yes - it's called patience and in combination with rapid wort chilling prior to pitching will produce a very clear brew.

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