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Old 12-03-2009, 01:05 PM   #1
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Default Cloudy in secondary after 3 days.

I have an IPA in a secondary and it doesn’t look like it going to clarify and I realize I forgot to add the Irish Moss at the end of my boil. Is there any way to add it now, or some other way to fix my mistake?

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Old 12-03-2009, 01:14 PM   #2
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What temp are you doing your secondary at and how long did you primary ferment for? If you are just doing secondary to age and condition the beer I would hold the secondary at a lower temp than the primary fermentation. This will help clear the beer. Though after only three days in secondary I would not expect the beer to have cleared. You would probably need a couple of weeks in secondary at least to get a nice clear beer.

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You could just drink it as is. If you close your eyes and imagine it's clear then the haze won't effect the flavor.

But even before doing that, I'd let it sit in the secondary at least a week maybe more to give it time to clear.

Gelatin and or filtering can be used to clear up fermented beer.

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Old 12-03-2009, 01:23 PM   #4
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This is my 2nd batch of this brew and the 1st time I made it it started settling out (on top) within hours. Temp wise primary was at about 67 and it is currently at 66 in secondary.

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Old 12-03-2009, 01:48 PM   #5
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Just give it time, a couple weeks in secondary and it will clear some, a few months in the bottle and it will be crystal clear (if you can wait that long to drink it :P )

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Old 12-03-2009, 02:11 PM   #6
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maybe try cold-crashing before you rack to your bottling bucket.

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The purpose of a secondary is to clear the beer. If it's still cloudy after three days, it just means it's not done clearing yet.

If I secondary (which I don't much anymore opting instead for month long primary only) I find that it usually takes about 2 weeks minimum for a beer in secondary to clear.

So you have some time left.

But everything's fine, exept you are impatient.

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maybe try cold-crashing before you rack to your bottling bucket.
I'd keep it warm and wait unless you sure that fermentaion is complete and it's fully attenuated.
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Clearing takes weeks, not days

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OK. I’m still new at this but am learning a lot. Specifically at this stage previous batches, all a variety of medium body extract partial grain beers, have begun to clear. (14 to date) I did check the gravity and it’s where it belongs.

What I FORGOT to do was add the Irish Moss during the boil like I have done in all previous batches.

Can I rack it into another bottle with a gelatin or Irish Moss solution added in to help clarify?

I won’t do anything for a few days to see if it improves on its own though.

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