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Old 09-25-2012, 09:48 PM   #11
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I had a problem with cloudy beer very early on. I was cooling my wort down to room temperature in less than 6 minutes, I tried to leave the hot break in the boil pot. It eventually came down to not boiling vigoriously enough. I was so paranoid about boiling over in my basement that I wasn't cranking the heat enough. As soon as I moved out into my garage and started boiling at much higher temps I noticed an immediate improvement in my beer clarity.
6 mins?!? I have a high flow wort chiller AND I pack ice around it and it still takes me 20 mins. How did you cool it this quick?

Also any thoughts on how LME vs DME effects chill haze? Irish Moss vs Wirlflock?

I have been looking because my most recent IPA was crystal clear in my secondary and I just went to drink my first one (keg) and it was EXTREMELY cloudy. Reading above, it sounds like I just need to wait. But I have recently switched to DME and wirlflock as opposed to LME and Irish Moss. Any thoughts?


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Old 09-25-2012, 09:54 PM   #12
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Up to now,I get little or no chill haze by chilling the hot wort down to pitch temp in 20 minutes or less. I also let the beer dettle out clear or slightly misty before priming & bottling. It'll settle out in a few days. Then when it's time,at least 1 week fridge time. Chill haze takes 3 days or so to settle out,like fog. And co2 takes at least a week with pale ales to absorb well.


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As usual, I think impatience is my problem. I am only one day 3 of carbing (30psi for 24 hours, 2 days at 10-12psi). I didn't know that different beers absorb at different rates, thanks for the info.

I still want to know how to chill your wort in 6 mins!
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I just started using whirlfoc and it has made a HUGE difference in the clarity of my beer. I don't have a wort chiller and it takes me about 30-45 minutes to cool so I still have a bit of chill haze, but after a week in the fridge they are as clear as any filtered commercial beer.
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6 mins?!? I have a high flow wort chiller AND I pack ice around it and it still takes me 20 mins. How did you cool it this quick?

Also any thoughts on how LME vs DME effects chill haze? Irish Moss vs Wirlflock?

I have been looking because my most recent IPA was crystal clear in my secondary and I just went to drink my first one (keg) and it was EXTREMELY cloudy. Reading above, it sounds like I just need to wait. But I have recently switched to DME and wirlflock as opposed to LME and Irish Moss. Any thoughts?
It'll clear, it's a chill haze. Or maybe some sediment from it being the first pull from the keg. Give it a week or so, the haze should be subsiding by then.


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