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Old 10-09-2009, 03:53 PM   #1
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Default Dark layer on top after racking to secondary

Last night I racked a batch of Brewers Best Witbier to the secondary. This morning there is a layer of slightly darker beer on top.
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I am interested on whats going on here. Is it something to be concerned about?

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Old 10-09-2009, 04:28 PM   #2
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Relax! That's probably some left over hop residue or something. Looks fine to me

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Old 10-09-2009, 04:32 PM   #3
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Naw. Looks like the yeast is settling. That top part is clearer, less yeast.

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Old 10-09-2009, 04:38 PM   #4
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After racking to a secondary the yeast will start falling out faster.

This will make the beer appear darker when in actuality it is getting more clear.

It will look darker because there is less yeast for the light to reflect off of.
(I know, no prepositions at the end of a sentence).

This should happen to your entire carboy eventually.

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As time goes on I am starting to notice more dividing lines. There is one forming about an inch below the surface and another forming about 1/2 way down the carboy. I am guessing these are caused by the combination or oils from the hops and fruit n' spice pack, alcohol, water, and yeast.

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Just everything heavier than water dropping out.

You've made beer, man!!!

Since you're in Indy and the weather is turning colder I would set it out the back door overnight. The cold will make the clearing go faster. It's called "cold crashing".

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Old 10-09-2009, 06:38 PM   #7
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Just everything heavier than water dropping out.

You've made beer, man!!!

Since you're in Indy and the weather is turning colder I would set it out the back door overnight. The cold will make the clearing go faster. It's called "cold crashing".
Just cover it so the morning sun doesn't skunk it!
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Old 10-09-2009, 06:44 PM   #8
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I had this same thread when I was beginning. Mine was an illusion from the light bending in the carboy. The beer level was right at the bend in the glass as yours is. You are fine.

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Just cover it so the morning sun doesn't skunk it!
That's true, but I just bring mine back in early early morning...
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That's true, but I just bring mine back in early early morning...
Ugh, up before the sun? Mother always told me to stay away from people like you.
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