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Old 12-18-2012, 01:46 PM   #11
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I don't use gelatin or other post-fermentation finings, and my IPAs are clear. In a couple there may be a very very slight hops haze, but that's only in a very few.

Time cold crashing (in the fridge even in the bottle) will clear it.

Let's not get into the "vegan/vegetarian" argument, please!

I also choose to have my beers vegan/vegetarian friendly, and I don't think using gelatin and then racking the beer of it would be the proper thing to do to someone unexpecting of animal products being in or used in their beer!

Even for my wines, I don't use finings except for occasionally sparkelloid or bentonite when it's totally necessary.


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If you aren't dry hopping, you shouldn't have much hop matter in the fermenter. It's acceptable to have a little bit of cloudiness due to dry hopping, but it's usually not noticeable. As for yeast cloudiness, a high flocculating yeast will settle and form a fairly compact yeast cake.
As i said in the first post: I usually get clear beer. It's only when i dry hop I get hop haze (only done it once though)


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How long does it usually take before your dry hopped beers turn out clear? I have just dry hopped once before. I guess i drank that batch to fast
By the time the beers are properly carbonated and matured they have been clear. Perhaps 2 to 3 weeks after bottling and a couple more days in the refrigerator.
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By the time the beers are properly carbonated and matured they have been clear. Perhaps 2 to 3 weeks after bottling and a couple more days in the refrigerator.
I keg, but my beers are totally clear within a few days of kegging.

Here's on old photo of one of my favorite IPAs (the DFH 60 minute clone):
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I keg, but my beers are totally clear within a few days of kegging.

Here's on old photo of one of my favorite IPAs (the DFH 60 minute clone):
Quite clear, that looks great.

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No need to use finings if you don't want to. I've seen pictures of results with isinglass, and it's hard to argue against the results. There are great alternatives, though.

A combination of Irish moss (last 15 minutes of your boil), cold crashing, and gravity, should get you really clear beer, as well.

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Ok, I will try this batch without any fining agent (except whirlfloc that I used in the boil). It's been 2 days in the primary fermentor now. I will get back with the result. Thanks for all the help!

By the way, I have the ability to cool it down to about 50F in the fermentor. Should I do that or is it to warm for a cold crash anyway? My fermentation temperature is 68F.

The recipe by the way (metric, sorry):

4.5 kg 2 row pale ale malt
0.5 kg Caraamber
0.3 kg Crystal 100 EBC
20g Magnum 60 min 31 IBU
25g Galaxy 15 min 19 IBU
25g Galaxy 5 min 8 IBU
25g Galaxy Dry hop 7 days
White Labs California Ale

5 gallons into fermentor
Whirlfloc in the boil and all whole leaf hops.
1.060 OG
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I've been wanting to experiment with Chia seeds. I eat them regularly, and if you put some in a bowl of water it turns to jello after just a few minutes. It may not work, probably won't work, but that's one of the reasons I home brew. For the experimentation side of things.
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I've been wanting to experiment with Chia seeds. I eat them regularly, and if you put some in a bowl of water it turns to jello after just a few minutes. It may not work, probably won't work, but that's one of the reasons I home brew. For the experimentation side of things.
Is that what grows on a Chia pet?

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