Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway - Enter Now!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Newbie question...

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 07-18-2012, 03:48 PM   #1
Huntinsoldier
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Atascadero, CA
Posts: 30
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default Newbie question...

Hey guys, my first batch ever has been in the fermenter since Sunday. Fermentation has slowed to about a bubble every 30 seconds or so. My question is, will the beer clarify during carbonation in the bottle? It's pretty hazy still, and was just wondering if it will clear up at all. It's an english bitter kit recipe. Any help is much appreciated. Thanks.

Jeff

__________________
Huntinsoldier is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-18-2012, 03:55 PM   #2
OG2620
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Monmouth, Maine
Posts: 260
Liked 7 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default

How long has it been in the primary? What is your chilling technique?

__________________
OG2620 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-18-2012, 03:57 PM   #3
Rugrad02
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Wilmington, NC, North Carolina
Posts: 201
Liked 10 Times on 10 Posts

Default

Your beer should clear up once bottled. I brewed and bottled a very hazy Belgian Wit in the spring and today, the bottles are as clear as any other ale. Once the bottles have chilled though and the beer poured into the glass the signature haze returns. Your beer may experience a bit of chill haze which is fairly common in unfiltered home brew. Do you use any clarifiers like Irish Moss or whirfloc tabs?using these could help also.

Cheers!!!

__________________
Rugrad02 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-18-2012, 03:59 PM   #4
Double_D
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Double_D's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Posts: 1,352
Liked 37 Times on 35 Posts
Likes Given: 76

Default

Once it finishes fermenting the yeast will begin to flocculate(clump together, become more dense and fall out of solution). You can help this by cold crashing if you have a fermentation chamber. Otherwise I like to move to a secondary vessel and give it another couple weeks. I suggest that instead of leaving it in the primary because when you move it you'll have more chance of rousing yeast off the bottom accidentally. But, it will eventually clear in the bottle. And then when you chill is you'll get chill haze. Which if you let it sit long enough will eventually clear too. You can get around this by adding isinglass.

My primary suggestion for someone who's on their first batch is just to go with the flow and don't try to perfect the first batch. Just relax and try not to worry about the little stuff.

__________________
Double_D is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-18-2012, 04:07 PM   #5
crazyworld
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Rocky Point, NY
Posts: 127
Liked 5 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 20

Default

If you brewed this past Sunday 7/15 and today is Wednesday 7/18 then yes, its going to be hazy for quite awhile more. Although your airlock activity has slowed considerably, your yeast are still hard at work and a lot of them are still in suspension causing this initial haze. You'll know better about the final clarity when you go to bottle. It will be a bit hazy while it carbonates in the bottle again as you've given the yeast more sugar to eat and they will reproduce. Once it's fully carbonated, then you'll know for sure.

When did you plan on bottling?

RDWHACB (can't have a homebrew just yet)

crazyworld is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-18-2012, 04:27 PM   #6
sidepart
Some guy
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Posts: 294
Liked 28 Times on 18 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

For now, it's most likely just because it's been a few days. After bottling and letting it age for about 2-4 weeks, then again after putting it in the fridge for 2 days, it should be clear. Unless you didn't cool very quickly (this may not be totally accurate) or unless (in my case) you were given Carapils (full of starch) to steep with your extract.

__________________
sidepart is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-18-2012, 04:30 PM   #7
NordeastBrewer77
NBA Playa
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 7 reviews
 
NordeastBrewer77's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Posts: 7,933
Liked 1075 Times on 783 Posts
Likes Given: 3977

Default

Beer will actually start to fall clear in the fermenter shortly after fermentation is finished. How long it takes is dependent on what yeast you used.

__________________
The Polk Street Brewery

Brewin' 'n' Que'n - YouTube Shenanigans

Quote:
Originally Posted by yeoitsmatt View Post
can i drink this? I mean. Im gunna. But is it fine?
Quote:
Originally Posted by yeoitsmatt View Post
it's not a barley wine. it's an ale.
Quote:
Originally Posted by bottlebomber View Post
Have you seen the price of ketchup lately? And I'm not talking Heinz.
NordeastBrewer77 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-18-2012, 04:32 PM   #8
Huntinsoldier
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Atascadero, CA
Posts: 30
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

All great answers! Thank you. I was looking at it this morning, and just got to wondering when (if ever) the haze would clear up. I wanted to leave it in the primary for at least 2 weeks. OG was 1.050. I'll check the current reading tonight, then again in a few days, and see exactly when it has stopped fermenting. So, I'll probably bottle in about a week and a half or so. Plans are in the works for a fermentation chamber with an external controller for the next batch. I haven't used any additives for clarification on this batch, but I may on the next.

__________________
Huntinsoldier is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-18-2012, 04:39 PM   #9
caioz1jp
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: St. Clair Shores, Michigan
Posts: 166
Liked 5 Times on 3 Posts

Default

patients patients patients!!! i cannot stress this enough. brewing is very exciting but you will find that if you just wait and start planning your next brew things turn out much better. for me i always go 2 weeks primary then a min of 4 weeks in a secondary carboy. the extra conditioning helps mellow the beer. If im in a pinch ill go 1 week primary and two in the secondary. I keg my beer so its easier to let the beer sit in the carboy cause im not pressured to make time to bottle. best way to do this is mark the days on a calender.

__________________
caioz1jp is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-18-2012, 04:45 PM   #10
kh54s10
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Tiverton, Rhode Island
Posts: 6,622
Liked 598 Times on 506 Posts
Likes Given: 161

Default

There are several things that will clear the beer. Since your fermentation has not or has just ended it is just starting to clear.

After you are sure that your final gravity has been reached, by getting the same gravity reading over the span of 3 days, you have some choices. You can cold crash the beer to make the sediment fall, use a clearing agent, or just wait. I usually leave my beer alone for 3 weeks and get clear beer.

What is left when you bottle will settle to the bottom of the bottles, unless it is a beer designed to stay hazy. I let my bottles condition for 2 weeks at room temperature then chill one to test. Some are good at 2 weeks some have taken 3 and a couple longer than 4 weeks. Pour carefully leaving a little at the bottom of the bottle so you don't pour the yeast into the glass.

__________________
kh54s10 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Newbie question new2brew1221 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 15 07-18-2012 01:37 AM
Newbie FWH Question TopGear Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 02-02-2012 10:57 PM
Very Newbie Question twistedbrew Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 10-14-2009 12:49 AM
Newbie Question Ramrod Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 11-13-2007 05:14 PM
newbie question Norest Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 01-03-2007 06:26 PM