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Old 06-04-2012, 04:33 AM   #1
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So I kegged my first batch. Its a bit cloudy and I was wondering if I added whirlfloc to about a half cup of warm water and add it to the keg would it clear better, or should I just drink the cloudy beer?

I am not exactly sure how it became cloudy, but I remember about a tablespoon of well water accidentally may have leaked into my boil.

Any ideas or suggestions?

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Old 06-04-2012, 04:39 AM   #2
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So many suggestions & comments....if you're already in the keg use gelatin to clarify. If this is your first batch, congratulations & welcome to brewing your own! Next time you can let the beer sit longer in primary, use whirlfloc when boiling, cold crash before racking over, or transfer to secondary before kegging.

That being said, you didn't state the style of beer you made or your methods. There are many steps along the way other and we need more information. The post above was kinda vague and if we can help with the cause, we can alleviate the symptoms. In the end, if the beer is good, enjoy! Clarity isn't the end all be all of brewing and the more you brew, the better it'll be.

 
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Old 06-04-2012, 01:08 PM   #3
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My kegs always clear up after about 2 weeks in. It takes time for everything to settle out of suspension. Also, style and grain bill matter. My rye amber was cloudy to the last pint.
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Old 06-04-2012, 01:10 PM   #4
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Whirlfloc is a kettle fining- that is, it works during the boil. If you want to clear a beer after fermentation, you'll need a post-fermentation fining. Some brewers like gelatin and say it works well. I want vegetarian-friendly beer so won't add animal products to my beer- I don't use any finings except for whirlfloc in the boil.
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Old 06-04-2012, 05:41 PM   #5
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The recipe I used was called Abby normal. It used Belgian candy sugar, Cara Munich Malt, Biscuit Malt , Orange Peel, and white labs ale yeast in a vial. There was extract involved in it also, I don't think the extract had anything to do with it being cloudy,

I let it sit in the primary for about 15 days and then threw it in the fridge, before racking to the keg.

Does it sound like a cloudy recipe? Should I drink it (as is), or maybe use some gelatin on it?

 
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:52 PM   #6
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By all means go ahead and drink it! There's nothing at all wrong with cloudy beer, it won't hurt you and it won't taste bad.

That said, a clear beer is aesthetically pleasing, and I have started working harder to clear my beers. As Yooper said, Whirlfloc won't work once the boil is complete. It would be useless at best and I wouldn't be surprised if it made the beer even murkier, and/or affected the taste.

You can wait awhile and see if it drops clear on its own. If you want to actively clear it, you might want to try gelatin. It's cheap and fairly easy, there's a good thread on it here.

Good luck.

 
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:29 AM   #7
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I have an amber ale that is my first legged beer. Primary for 3 weeks. In the keg for 2. It's not really cloudy but there are chunks of something floating in it. Tastes ok. I've drawn about 6 glasses from it so far. Is this a wait and see situation? For legging would it age a few weeks before co2 then draw a few before carbonating?
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:46 AM   #8
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Cloudy beer? Who cares! To each his own but "cloudy" isn't a flavor as far as I know.....
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:21 AM   #9
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Get it clear before the keg next time!!

Now that I've stated the obvious, drink it as is. Not only will the cloudy not hurt anything, but when you add something to clear it, you cause all the stuff to settle out. When you rack it to the keg or put it in bottles, you leave it behind.
There is nowhere to leave it behind now unless you were to put it back into a carboy.
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:34 PM   #10
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Add Gelatin Finings. 1/2tsp dissolved in 1 cup of 170* water. Dump into keg, put the lid back on wait 48 hours. Your first pour will have some sediment in it. I usually dump it out and than clear beer after that. I also use wirfloc in the kettle to help with hot break/cold break.

 
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