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Old 03-06-2012, 11:16 PM   #1
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I've been contemplating buying a filter kit to clear up my beer. It may sound corupt of me attempting to be a homebrewer but I want my beer to look and taste like it has a bells label on it. The owner of my local homebrew store frowned upon it saying it was just another step of possibly introducing foreign bodies into my beer along with compromising flavor. I feel like if you take the same precautions as you do in every step of brewing you should be fine. But what do I know

 
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:18 PM   #2
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Do you keg? Wait, Bells is bottle conditioned isn't it?

Anyway, My beer comes out of the bottle pretty darn clear so I vote no filtering.
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:19 PM   #3
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I leave mine in a primary for a month and after a week or two in my keg they come out crystal clear. My only problem with clarity on a few batches is chill haze, but that has nothing to do with filtering.

 
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:19 PM   #4
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Filtering has its place at the home brewing table. I've often contemplated getting it for my 'traveling' kegs. You know, ones I take to parties, etc. But for around the house, I wouldn't even bother. There is a lot of ways to make clear brew that are a lot cheaper and easier. Have you tried cold crashing? Are you kegging?....because that is kind of a pre-requisite.

 
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:19 PM   #5
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Do you bottle? If so, filtering will remove most, if not all, of the yeast. You need some yeast to carbonate in a bottle. Kegging is a different matter. You can force carb it in a keg, but not a bottle.
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:32 PM   #6
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It's unnecessary, if I have to transport a keg I jump it to another clean and sanitized one to avoid stirring up any possible sediment.

 
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:34 PM   #7
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I put mine in plastic cups if I am going to be moving it to parties n such....can't see it anyway

 
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:59 PM   #8
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No I keg my beer I just don't know the ins and out of clarifying your beer. Is that part of beer getting better with time? Is there a method where you drop or increase temp after kegging?

 
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:16 AM   #9
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No I keg my beer I just don't know the ins and out of clarifying your beer. Is that part of beer getting better with time? Is there a method where you drop or increase temp after kegging?
For clearer beer, there are lots of things you can do that work well. First, if you're an all-grain brewer, make sure you have full conversion and don't have a starch haze! For all brewers, getting a good cold break tends to reduce chill haze, as does a good hot break. For that, whirlfloc (tablet form of Irish moss) has been great for me. I get a good hot break (wort stops foaming and looks like egg drop soup) by a nice hard rolling boil, and then add the whirlfloc with 15 minutes left in the boil. Chilling the wort quickly encourages a good cold break, and all that is left is clear wort.

Using a flocculant yeast like pacman or S04 will mean that a tightly compacted yeast cake is formed (along with the trub) after fermentation so clear beer should be racked from there. Cold crashing before racking may help with less flocculant yeast strains. When I use S05 or 1056, I never get clear beer until the keg has been in the kegerator for a week or more. It's just not that flocculant.

I never use finings like gelatin, but that can help with cloudy beer also.
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:18 AM   #10
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Why not just use gelatin? I was listening to an older The Session podcast today and they were discussing this with the brewer at Russian River, he seemed to prefer gelatin to filtering, but his large fermentors at the production brweery are not properly shaped for it so they filter. He said they use gelatin at the brewpub. I use irish miss and my beers come out pretty darn clear.

 
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