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BrewToHeugh 01-04-2013 05:39 AM

IPA - clearing methods & quality techniques
 
Currently fermenting Brewers Best IPA
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Kit mentioned to move to 2nd fermenter after a week but after reading alot on here about just a longer primary stage I decided to try it on this batch.

its just about two weeks and its still cloudy as hell! After skimming through some threads on here it looks like its normal for IPA's because of the amount of dry hops but Ive also come across some interesting points like;

adding agents to help clear

cold crashing

moving to secondary (with good results)

just leaving it in primary until it beings to clear (might lose flavor?)



Was hopping:cross: someone with alot of IPA experience could tell me what the best thing to do to help clear. I understand the cloudiness most likely wont affect the quality but doing something about it might...

so.... are there any techniques that can improve the quality of my IPA while assisting in clarity?

thanks my fellow brewers

BrewToHeugh 01-04-2013 05:47 AM

maybe a move to secondary on the 4th week and cold crashing?

JDFlow 01-04-2013 05:55 AM

Move to secondary once fermentation is done. Leave for a week then cold crash for 48 hours.

snaps10 01-04-2013 05:59 AM

When you old crash it, use gelatin (do a search on here). The gelatin will pull yeasties and beasties out of suspension in a matter of a day or two.
The stuff is awesome. Really clarifies well.

For clear beer, time and cold are your friends. If you're bottling you need to condition for a minimum of 3 weeks and if recommend your beer be in the fridge for a week or two after conditioning. The cold will drop the conditioning sugars out of suspension and compact them into a nice tight cake on the bottom of the bottle. Make sure you pour smooth and leave 1/4 or so on the bottom of the glass. Leave the yeast behind!

I've completely moved away from secondaries. I cold crash and fine in the primary (or fine in the kegs if kegging). It makes the yeast cake much easier to draw off of.

BrewToHeugh 01-04-2013 06:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by snaps10 (Post 4745291)
When you old crash it, use gelatin (do a search on here). The gelatin will pull yeasties and beasties out of suspension in a matter of a day or two.
The stuff is awesome. Really clarifies well.

For clear beer, time and cold are your friends. If you're bottling you need to condition for a minimum of 3 weeks and if recommend your beer be in the fridge for a week or two after conditioning. The cold will drop the conditioning sugars out of suspension and compact them into a nice tight cake on the bottom of the bottle. Make sure you pour smooth and leave 1/4 or so on the bottom of the glass. Leave the yeast behind!

I've completely moved away from secondaries. I cold crash and fine in the primary (or fine in the kegs if kegging). It makes the yeast cake much easier to draw off of.


how long do you leave it in primary? When do you add gelatin and how long do you cold crash?

BrewToHeugh 01-04-2013 06:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JDFlow (Post 4745288)
Move to secondary once fermentation is done. Leave for a week then cold crash for 48 hours.

going on my 2nd week. was thinking of moving to 2nd and then cold crashing on 4th week.

snaps10 01-04-2013 06:18 AM

I leave it in primary for anywhere from 2 weeks to 5 weeks. The minimum time is not up to me, it's up to my little yeast buddies. Sometimes my pipeline is so full that I'm not ready to move it yet, so I'll leave it for a bit.

I dry hop in a 5 gallon paint strainer bag, so I dry hop in primary.

I add the gelatin at cold crash and typically cold crash for 24-48 hrs, depending on the availability of a refrigerator. Make sure you rehydrate the gelatin with room temp water for about 20 min, then I add a cup or so of very hot water to bring the mixture up to about 160. This dissolves the gelatin into liquid form.

gcdowd 01-04-2013 11:50 AM

You may also want to use fining agents in the boil with light colored beers. I use Irish moss and it works well. Some Irish Moss in the boil, 4 week primary, 1 week cold crash and even my dry hopped IPAs are very clear.

amandabab 01-04-2013 08:09 PM

I don't bother with finings and cold crashing. Put it in a secondary and clears. no hassle , no extra steps.

snaps10 01-04-2013 08:15 PM

How does a secondary clear the beer?


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