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Old 02-03-2008, 02:51 AM   #1
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I brewed an Austin Homebrew Supply American Wheat Ale extract kit on 1/5, subbing in S-05 dry yeast for the hefe yeast. I didn't use Irish moss or any other clarifier. I fermented it for 2 weeks at about 63F, then bottled it with 4.5 oz priming sugar. Today, 4 weeks after brew day, the beer is crystal clear, clearer than any of my other batches. And it's a wheat beer. Go figure. Tastes great, by the way.

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Old 02-03-2008, 02:52 AM   #2
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Hefeweizen, german wheat, beers are the cloudy ones. American wheats are supposed to be clear.

Glad it came out well. Cheers!

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It's the yeast. You didn't use a hefe yeast.

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Talk about fast replies. So hefe yeast is what makes it cloudy? Good to know.

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The yeast is the cloudyness you see... it is not very flocculant

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Hefe yeast doesn't flocculate (settle out of suspension) very well, while US-05 flocs pretty well. That's part of what makes a hefe a hefe, you're drinking more of the yeast. Even an American Wheat yeast is going to be cleaner and clearer than one of the traditional Bavarian strains.

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i have a question on this subject. I am brewing a hef, actually got it in the fermenter right now. My LHBS didnt have any hef yeast so i got bavarian dry
yeast. will mine end up clear?

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was it a bavarian wheat yeast?

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Yes it was.

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The yeast is the cloudyness you see... it is not very flocculant
Thanks (and to the bird as well). I had assumed it was the wheat, but low flocculance makes more sense.

As an aside, I was talking about this to my wife while she was drinking a beer from this batch. She suggested I post the question on the forum. She wasn't even a third of the way through her beer before I got the answer. This place rocks.
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