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Old 08-06-2011, 05:38 PM   #1
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Do you filter your beer? How many times?

After mashing?
After boiling?
After fermentation, before bottling?

When and how many times?

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Old 08-06-2011, 05:49 PM   #2
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Filtering is more of a commercial process,since they force carb anyway. We generally strain the boil into the fermenter. Some don't even do that. Filtering also takes the yeast out,so not a good thing for bottle conditioned beers.
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Well, everyone filters their beer after mashing. It's inherent to the lautering process.

Most people also filter out their beer after boiling, in a similar manner, though some people also have an additional in-line filter.

I do all of the above.

There are also a few people who filter their beer after fermentation, whether its because they want clear beer, or their gut just can't handle the live yeast. But if you want to filter at this point, it pretty much requires a kegging setup.

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Just to be clear,I think we should mention if it's more like straining,or actually using some kind of filter media. Like those thin pad looking squares I see at the LHBS.
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Even filter media is "straining", just at a smaller (generally micron) scale

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I am about to start filtering with a 1 micron in-line filter. I probably will have to move down to 0.5 micron to get the chill haze out of my light lagers but we'll see.

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i use a canister/cartridge 1 micron filter after i cold crash and keg on most beers. I also use a small piece of nylon stocking over the return hose into the fermenter, and when siphoning from the fermenter into the keg. Dip the nylon in starsan to sanitize and zip tie over the end of the hose.

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Only through my kidneys at the end of the process. Everything else I just let time and gravity take care of and my beer is extremely clear.

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I have an inline .5 micron filter that I break out to put a nice crystal finish on my competition beers, aside from that my beers all get the Revvy treatment. Time and gravity to clear them nicely.

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