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View Poll Results: Which methods work best? (may choose multiple choices)
Time/Settling 32 69.57%
Fining agents, i.e. Gelatin, Isinglass, Whirlfloc, Irish Moss 19 41.30%
Cooling the wort quickly 8 17.39%
Cold-crashing 16 34.78%
The use of a Secondary 9 19.57%
Filtering through mesh material 0 0%
Avoiding agitation of the yeast cake 7 15.22%
Choosing a high flocculating yeast 2 4.35%
Other (explain in comments) 0 0%
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Old 05-17-2012, 03:30 PM   #1
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Default Clearing up a Beer

What works best for you? (see poll)


*What works the least?
*Which technique is over-rated?
*Which technique is under-rated?

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Old 05-17-2012, 07:41 PM   #2
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I've only tried Irish Moss. Left a beer outside overnight before bottling at 50F but never done a proper cold crash. Seemed to help a little. My best success with clearing a beer has been using a high floc yeast and time.

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Old 05-17-2012, 07:44 PM   #3
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I'm not overly concerned with clarity so I just wait a week or so for the yeast to drop following fermentation then put it in a keg. But I've heard great things about finings like gelatin and/or filtering. Both are supposed to work really well.
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my process is pretty simple. irish moss the last 5 min of boil. 2 week primary, 2 week secondary, 48hr cold crash, 3 week bottle condition, 1 week or MORE in the fridge.
so yeah, it's 6 to 8 weeks, but it's worth every single bit of it. for the clear results.
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:13 PM   #5
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Gelatin. Works great. 1 pack Knox Gelatin in 1 cup water. Let it sit for 20 minutes to hydrate. Microwave for 1 minute and stir. Solution should be clear. Add to keg. Stir gently. Wait at least five days. Clear beer.
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:21 PM   #6
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The only fining I'll use is whirfloc in the kettle, as I want my beers to be vegetarian friendly. But between using whirlfloc, and getting a good hot break and cold break, my beer is clear so I never felt the need for anything else.

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