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Old 02-10-2009, 11:36 PM   #1
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What's the best way to clarify beer? Not necessisarily the fastest, cheepest, easiest or anything, but what gives the best results?


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Old 02-10-2009, 11:38 PM   #2
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For me:

Rack to a secondary after 2-3 weeks in a primary (depending on the beer.)

Add 1 Tbs of dissolved gelatin to the secondary.

Give the secondary 5-7 days to condition and clear.

Cold crash the beer in a keg for 7-10 days and serve.


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For me:

Use whirlfloc in the boil. Chill the wort as quickly as possible. Leave in the fermenter for several weeks, then keg. I never use anything else for finings, and have crystal clear beer.
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For me:

Use whirlfloc in the boil. Chill the wort as quickly as possible. Leave in the fermenter for several weeks, then keg. I never use anything else for finings, and have crystal clear beer.
Oh yeah... I forgot the whirfloc.
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Old 02-11-2009, 12:35 AM   #5
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Irish moss in the boil, immersion chiller to cool wort, cold crash for 3 or more days in primary or secondary.
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When using Whirfloc, do you leave the trub in the bottom of the boil kettle?

I have been pouring the entire contents into my ale pail for mixing, using a nylon grain bag to filter it in the process. I think I need to leave the crud in the bottom of the kettle.
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Old 02-11-2009, 01:08 AM   #7
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+1 on the whirlfloc...after I started using it I noticed a marked change in clarity.

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let it sit around for 8-12 months
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let it sit around for 8-12 months
Hmmm, you must be doing some beers at least above 8%....
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1) Good rolling boil for the hotbreak
2) Whirlfloc
3) Cold Break
4) Gelatin
5) Cool down into the 30's for a week before kegging/bottling
6) Time

All of these will help produce clear beer.

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