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Old 03-17-2012, 05:12 PM   #1
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I'm working on a partial mash Belgian Wit. Everyone tells me not to rack to a secondary to keep some of the haze, but i just took a quick sample and this stuff is THICK.

Its been in the primary for a week. I just took a sample to check SG. In the theif it is separated a bit, and the top half is cloudy, but the bottom half is completely opaque. This stuff is thicker than any beer I've ever had.

It hasn't reached final yet, I'm only at 1.020, but is there cause for concern? Is it going to clear up naturally? Should I consider moving over to secondary in another week for clarity?

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Old 03-17-2012, 05:15 PM   #2
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Wit+Cloudy=Good

I wouldnt bother with a secondary. Just keep an eye on the gravity

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Old 03-17-2012, 05:17 PM   #3
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But this isn't just cloudy. It is as dense as whole milk

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Old 03-17-2012, 06:04 PM   #4
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But this isn't just cloudy. It is as dense as whole milk
It's also not done fermenting, check it again in a week or two.
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:46 PM   #5
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It's still fermenting witch will keep it mixed up give it more time to settle out. . . at least a week or more if you can keep the temps good. the last wit i did took about three weeks to settle down the thick stuff (yeast and trub )than i moved to my bottling bucket it will still be cloudy with small stuff but that is OK for a wit. let it sit a bit and bottle then wait at least 2 weeks or longer . . If you can

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Old 03-29-2012, 02:08 AM   #6
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Ok - a week and a half later. Its been in the primary for 18 days... I did another SG test. I'm only at 1.016... and it is still THICK

Its not just hazy or cloudy it is thick.... Is it supposed to be so thick in the fermenter? I've been giving it a gentle swirl every couple of days to try and keep those yeast moving around

any suggestions?

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Old 03-29-2012, 05:11 AM   #7
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why are you swirling it? Just leave it alone to do its thing.

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What do you mean by thick? Are you tasting it or going off appearance? Take another gravity reading in three day. If it say. 016.you're probably done.

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Can you post a picture? I imagine swirling it around is worse than any thickness that is going on right now.

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Old 03-29-2012, 01:29 PM   #10
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What yeast did you use? A picture might be nice too. It sounds odd to me. Cloudy is not necessarily think IMO. A wit is usually fairly thin in mouthfeel, relatively speaking.

Take a taste?

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