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Old 05-03-2013, 02:48 AM   #1
KReardon99
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Hi everyone,
I brewed a batch of American wheat pale ale on Sunday. This is my second batch and I'm confused on whether to put an American wheat in a secondary.. I know it's supposed to be clearer than a hefe. I also wasn't sure if it being a pale ale made any difference. Thanks, Kurt

 
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:26 AM   #2
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Secondary should help clear it out.(Although expect a little haze with a wheat ale) Were you planning on adding any other ingredients to the secondary?

 
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:32 AM   #3
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No real point in secondary for this beer. If you really want a clearer wheat, just wait longer in primary and make sure to cold crash for a few days, or alternatively sit the bottles in the fridge for a week after they've conditioned.

 
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:38 AM   #4
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I made this beer, and it is crystal clear. Unless you agitate the yeast from the bottom, it won't stay in suspension.
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:57 AM   #5
KReardon99
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Thanks for the advice.. I wasn't planning on adding anything this time. I think I'll just leave it in the primary for a few weeks. What exactly is cold crashing and what are the benifits? Thanks again

 
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Old 05-06-2013, 04:30 AM   #6
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Cold crashing is just chilling your beer down to drop the yeast out of suspension as much as possible before racking. The colder (obviously not freezing), the better/clearer. For keggers, it is a moot point IMHO, as you will be chilling it down to serve anyway, and after the first pint or two, she is about as clear as it gets anyway.
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