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Old 10-22-2008, 09:14 PM   #1
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so i brewed my first hefeweizen. i just kegged it, its a little cloudy. is it going to clarify with time? is there anything i can add to it to clarify it? if its too late to ad something, i am brewing a cerveza tonight. is there something should add(when) to make it clarify well

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Old 10-22-2008, 09:17 PM   #2
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How long did you let it sit before you kegged it? Also, The first glass or two will be pretty cloudy if you let the keg sit for a little while. All the sediment will dropout to the bottom and corny kegs draw from the bottom. Irish moss is a good clarifying agent, just add some with 10-15 minutes left in your boil. Crash cooling works pretty well also and from what I've read around here gelatin does as well.

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its been in the frementer for 3 weeks. now its gonna sit in the keg for at least 2, should i wait 3 or more?

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hefeweizens are supposed to be cloudy. That's part of their character, hence the name (hefe means yeast in german)

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If you refrigerate it for two weeks I don't see why it wouldn't clear up quite a bit more. The cold temps will cause the yeast to go dormant and go to the bottom. Did you just draw one glass from the keg or more than one. I'm pretty sure that the first glass or two is always a little cloudy.

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It should be cloudy, that's a major part of the style. The yeast will take quite a while to drop out.

As long as by "cloudy" you don't mean "chunks of goop" or anything gross, you should be fine. Clearing it would require lots of time or a filter, and make it a different style of beer. It will clear a bit over time, but don't avoid drinking it because of that.

I'd start drinking as soon as it's carbed and tastes good, hefe's are meant to be drank cloudy & young.

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i didnt draw anything from the keg yet. i was just looking at my sample for my final hydrometer reading.

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What yeast did you use? Most hefe yeasts are very poor flocculators and that style of beer is intended to be cloudy.

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it's supposed to be cloudy.

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ok i didnt realize it was supposed to be cloudy. ignore the question and how would i clarify my cerveza then

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