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Old 09-06-2013, 07:12 PM   #1
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Default Filtering? Why no love round here...?

Before you jump my ass, I'm just wondering why there seems to be a general disdain for the idea of filtering to get clear beer? Centrifuge is ok but filter bad? .... both physical processes. Fining with goop ok? .... a chemical process.

It seems like filtering can be done (assuming you keg) with little extra investment and works well without any exogenous goodies added to your brew. Why aren't more homebrewers doing it?
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:20 PM   #2
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Why should I be? It's more work and expense for a result I am already getting(clear beer). Also, Id like to keep all the hop oils in the beer.
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Why should I be? It's more work and expense for a result I am already getting(clear beer). Also, Id like to keep all the hop oils in the beer.
I've never heard about it removing hop oils... do tell
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Too much work. My beer clears just fine on its own.
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For me it's because I'm lazy. Well not lazy but with working 60+hrs a week and having a 6month old it's hard to find extra time. When I keg I can start draining into the keg and walk away for a few min and come back with no issues.
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Before you jump my ass, I'm just wondering why there seems to be a general disdain for the idea of filtering to get clear beer? Centrifuge is ok but filter bad? .... both physical processes. Fining with goop ok? .... a chemical process.

It seems like filtering can be done (assuming you keg) with little extra investment and works well without any exogenous goodies added to your brew. Why aren't more homebrewers doing it?
Well, it's kind of a pain to do it. And the filters aren't cheap.

Whirlfloc tablets and cold crashing work great to get you super clear beer. Lot less hassle. Cheaper.
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Whirlfloc tablets and cold crashing work great to get you super clear beer. Lot less hassle. Cheaper.
I use whirlfloc then fine kegs with geletin. Happy with results.... but I was just wondering see if I'm missing something ... spur on a discussion ya know!
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I use whirlfloc in the kettle, but never gelatin or other finings. I just don't want them, nor do I need them.

My beer is "read a newspaper through it" clear, and filtering does strip yeast and flavor out of the beer when you use a fine enough filter. And you really can't filter a cloudy beer anyway- it would clog your pads. So the beer has to be clear before filtering, and then it would be brilliantly clear.

My beer is clear, and unfiltered, and I like it.
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I hate clogged pads
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I hate clogged pads
sounds like a sanitary napkin commercial
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