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Old 07-26-2013, 02:52 AM   #1
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Default Is Clarity really that important?

The reason I ask is because I read a whole lot about clear beer and the techniques used to attain it. I can understand if the beer is being entered in to a contest. But other than that, is it purely for aesthetic purposes?

I was thinking of adding gelatin to my IPA and cold crashing for a couple days. But after thinking about it, I really don't know if it's worth the hassle.

Sweetwater IPA is one of my favorite beers, and it is unfiltered. It is quite cloudy in the glass, and it even sometimes leaves some residue at the bottom of my glass. And this is a beer I would pick over almost anything out there.

Just wondering...

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No, I don't think so. I used to stress out about getting clear beers, but now I don't care. Taste is whats important. Some of the best beers are a little hazy so why worry about it too much.

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Old 07-26-2013, 03:33 AM   #3
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Interesting question. On the BJCP score sheet, Appearance is 3 points, normally clarity would be 1. If itís cloudy youíll get knocked, but chill haze is generally noted, but not counted off.

If itís a lager you could lose in overall impression, but an ale should be OK. If the beer is brilliant, Iíd say thatís a point for an ale, 2-3 for a lager (out of 50).

Pretty beer is impressive, but I think that may come from our expectations from commercial beer which is usually filtered or at the least, whirlpooled.
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Given that you "eat with your eyes", I think clarity is worth striving for, even if it's nothing more than visual. As far as competitions, it's a factor, but not a huge one as indicated above. But to me there's something that makes a nice clear beer substantially more appealing. Actually achieving crystal clear beer without filtering is another story. Sometimes I can get pretty close, but it's a challenge. But gelatin will work very well for it. I had it get a Kolsch to near filtered clarity.
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I prefer clear beer, absolutely. That being said, if I end up with a batch that's great in everything else, I can deal with some chill haze or cloudiness.
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To me it doesn't really matter as long as it tastes good. However, when I want to show my beer to someone, I much prefer it to be crystal clear (as long as style appropriate, of course). Because of that, and because it's so darn easy, I use gelatin to clear all my beers. The come out looking like filtered commercial beer and everyone is happy.
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Yes, its important. I prefer clear beer.
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Not to me,as long as it taste good.
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I love cloudy beer.
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Anyone ever notice your beer is too clear? I did an Oberon clone which is an american wheat. When I first put it on tap it was cloudy yellow/orange color like one would expect. Now that it has been in the Keggerator for a few weeks it is really really clear which I don't think fits the style that well. Bells doesn't even make it clear. The longer my beers are in the Kegerator the clearer they get. I have an IPA in there now that has a sack of hops just floating around in it. Super clear now.

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