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Old 06-20-2012, 07:32 PM   #1
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So I had an IPA that was kegged for 3-4 weeks waiting for room in my kegerator to open up for it. Before I kegged the beer and up until I put the keg in the fridge the beer was relatively clear. While the keg was waiting in line I would pull (warm) samples from it and it didnt have any huge clarity issues. Well, this last weekend a spot opened up in my fridge so I dropped the dry hops in the keg (in a hop bag) and put the beer in the fridge. Now, when take a sample of the beer it has what I would classify as an EXTREME HAZE. It almost looks as cloudy as milk and its been this way for 4 days even after dumping 2-3 pints worth down the drain. At first I assumed it was yeast (S-05) so I filled a glass jar and put it in the fridge to see if it would settle out, but 3 days later it is still extremely cloudy. I'll try to post a picture when I get home. Does anyone have any idea whats happening here?
My only guess is an infection, but the beer still smells really good, and maybe just tastes a little cloudy/yeasty.

Sorry for the long post and thanks for any help in advance! Below is the recipe, which up until my haze issues I was extremely excited about

YEAST: S-05
brew date: 4/14/12

Brew Method: All Grain
Style Name: American IPA
Boil Time: 90 min
Batch Size: 5 gallons
Boil Size: 7 gallons
Efficiency: 70%

FERMENTABLES:
8 lb - Pale 2-Row (55.7%)
5 lb - Golden Promise (34.8%)
0.625 lb - Aromatic (4.3%)
0.75 lb - Caramel / Crystal 60L (5.2%)

HOPS:
1 oz - Summit (AA 12.5) for 60 min, Type: Pellet, Use: Boil
0.5 oz - Simcoe (AA 12.7) for 15 min, Type: Pellet, Use: Boil
0.5 oz - Amarillo (AA 8.6) for 15 min, Type: Pellet, Use: Boil
0.5 oz - Simcoe (AA 12.7) for 10 min, Type: Pellet, Use: Boil
0.5 oz - Amarillo (AA 8.6) for 10 min, Type: Pellet, Use: Boil
0.5 oz - Simcoe (AA 12.7) for 5 min, Type: Pellet, Use: Boil
0.5 oz - Amarillo (AA 8.6) for 5 min, Type: Pellet, Use: Boil
0.75 oz - Citra (AA 11) for 5 min, Type: Pellet, Use: Boil
0.5 oz - Simcoe (AA 12.7) for 0 min, Type: Pellet, Use: Boil
0.5 oz - Amarillo (AA 8.6) for 0 min, Type: Pellet, Use: Boil
0.75 oz - Citra (AA 11) for 0 min, Type: Pellet, Use: Boil
1 oz - Simcoe (AA 12.7) for 7 days, Type: Pellet, Use: Dry Hop
1 oz - Amarillo (AA 8.6) for 7 days, Type: Pellet, Use: Dry Hop
1 oz - Citra (AA 11) for 7 days, Type: Pellet, Use: Dry Hop
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:59 PM   #2
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Sounds like a hoppy IPA. The dryhops that are floating around in the bag are probably the culprit.
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:40 PM   #3
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Its a milky color, so I cant imagine its hops.
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sounds like pretty intense chill haze

any photos you can upload?
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Old 06-21-2012, 12:05 AM   #5
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Sounds like chill haze. If so, it will clear up after 3-4 weeks of being cold.
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:29 PM   #6
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Here Are some pics of my very hazy IPA. I took the pics last night, 5 days after it was poured into the jar and stored in the fridge. Whatever it is, it is not settling out at all.
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My experience with chill haze has been that it takes a couple of weeks to see a significant difference and may take a month or more to completely settle out.
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I agree with DeafSmith. Usually it takes my beers around 3 weeks for the chill haze to dissipate.
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9.5 oz of hops in a 5 gallon batch will make a beer hazy, even milky. i made a batch with 8 oz about 6-8 months ago for a friend and it is only now crystal clear.
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You all were right my beer is slowly starting to clear. Definitely chill haze. Thanks all!
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