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Old 04-07-2011, 07:38 PM   #1
Octavius
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The last brew, on running the 2nd sparge, I noticed the runnings were cloudy. Somehow my home made, slotted filter in the bottom of the 10 Rubbermaid mash tun had loosened up.

Sure 'nuff, I'm tasting the beer now and it is too "grainy" for my liking. The brew (despite using gelatin finings) has the appearance of a good wheat beer .

I've got 15 gal of the stuff - fermented and ready to sup - any thing I can do at this stage?

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Old 04-07-2011, 07:55 PM   #2
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Is it still in the fermenter? If so rack it the a secondary and let it clear, it may take a while but I think that it will eventually drop out.

 
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:35 PM   #3
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cfonnes,
Many thanks for the suggestion.
Time is something we've all got.
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Old 04-08-2011, 05:20 PM   #4
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Or, if it's still in the primary, cold crash it. Some of the grain may fall into the cake with the yeast. I've never done that personally, but it seems like it would work.

 
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Old 04-08-2011, 07:38 PM   #5
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William,
Thanks for the suggestion - funnily enough, I put the 1st keg in the kegerator and turned the thermostat to maximum cooling. This morning it is still cloudy. Maybe it needs more time but I'm worried that the grain particles will impart a permanent unpleasant taste. I've therefore just got back from Lowes with a Filtration Housing and some filters. Took a while to figure out the connectors from this to 3/8" ID tubing but I think I'm all set to go. Will report back if anyone is interested.
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Old 04-08-2011, 08:39 PM   #6
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You could also try using gelatin or other finings. Works well and easier than trying to filter.

 
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Old 04-09-2011, 12:00 AM   #7
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Juan,
Yeah, I had used gelatin - which is normally great at clarifying - but this grain particle cloudiness is still there.

OK, the Filter Housing, etc, from Lowes was very easy to set up and use, unfortunately it did squat.

The only filter cartridge that Lowes (or Home Depot) had, that was not charcoal, was a 30 - 50 micron.

Looks like I need to mail order a 5 micron cartridge - any recommendations?

Cheers!

 
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Old 04-09-2011, 01:03 AM   #8
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How long has it been fermenting?

 
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Old 04-09-2011, 01:20 AM   #9
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Juan,
Yeah, I had used gelatin - which is normally great at clarifying - but this grain particle cloudiness is still there.

OK, the Filter Housing, etc, from Lowes was very easy to set up and use, unfortunately it did squat.

The only filter cartridge that Lowes (or Home Depot) had, that was not charcoal, was a 30 - 50 micron.

Looks like I need to mail order a 5 micron cartridge - any recommendations?

Cheers!
a charcoal filter will remove more than just the grain particles, maybe some of the flavors you want to keep.

 
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Old 04-09-2011, 01:32 AM   #10
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HP,
Fermented a week, may 10 days (should keep better notes) (low alcohol Pale Ale)

EastOak,
Yeah, that's what I was thinking. But the stores have not got anything finer than 30-50 microns that is not charcoal so I was thinking of ordering a 5 micron (non-charcoal) from somewhere online.
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