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Old 10-13-2010, 05:28 PM   #1
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Good day everyone. I just tasted my second batch ever of pumpkin pie spice ale (first batch was a bavarian hefe.). It's only been in the bottles a week, but the beer still seems cloudy, and in fact it looks very similiar to my hefe. It does however taste completely different. How can I make my beer clearer?

I've been using extract kits and only leaving in the primary for three weeks.

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Old 10-13-2010, 05:34 PM   #2
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I would suggest leaving out the pumpkin and spices.


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Old 10-13-2010, 05:37 PM   #3
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How long has it been bottled? There are probably still a lot of yeast in suspension. Time will fix that. If it's not yeast, you can look into clarifying agents such as whirlfloc (irish moss) or gelatin. Just do a quick forum search for either of those and you're bound to find a wealth of information.
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Old 10-13-2010, 05:39 PM   #4
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Also, give them a few weeks in bottle. In addition to more time, throw them into the fridge for about a week. The "cold crash" will help to settle out a good deal of the sediments and compact them on the bottom of the bottle. I've had my first batch in the fridge (after 3.5 weeks at room temp) for about a week and they pour clear and the sediment stays on the bottom when I pour it.
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Pumpkins are hard, you may need: Clarifiers, rackings and crashing.
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Also, give them a few weeks in bottle. In addition to more time, throw them into the fridge for about a week. The "cold crash" will help to settle out a good deal of the sediments and compact them on the bottom of the bottle. I've had my first batch in the fridge (after 3.5 weeks at room temp) for about a week and they pour clear and the sediment stays on the bottom when I pour it.
I'll try that idea. I just wanted to try one after a week to make sure all was good. I normally throw a few in the fridge the night before I plan on drinking some, but I'll leave them in the fridge a bit longer.

Does the cloudiness effect taste or anything or is it just for looks?

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