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Old 10-31-2007, 02:24 AM   #1
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I am new to brewing and have tried to ask about filtering, nobody has respoded to any post, is it a bad thing , do only bad people filter, im just trying new ideas. can some one please let me know if im asking a really dumb question?

i like the web site but sometimes it seems like if you are not fm you suck, or is it ive not paid to join just wondering


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Old 10-31-2007, 02:27 AM   #2
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Filtering is usually pretty pointless. It's expensive, and your beer will clear on its own if you give it enough time. Most of us don't bother.
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Old 10-31-2007, 02:28 AM   #3
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Never filtered myself. Some posts just don't get responded to, don't take offense. I don't think filtering is bad, but it's really not necessary. If you were to filter a hefeweizen, you'd have a krystalweizen... but I think hefe's are way more popular. THat's the only example I can think of.

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Old 10-31-2007, 02:37 AM   #4
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thank you! thats what i was looking for, my brew bud did not transfer to second and we are going to transfer any way, should we still filter or just skip it

again thank for a replay


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Old 10-31-2007, 02:38 AM   #5
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I found filtering to be a pain in the ass. It seemed to me to be too much extra work cleaning and sterilizing the gear. I find gelatin and/or time does the trick.
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Old 10-31-2007, 02:46 AM   #6
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filtering is great if you need the beer in short order...frankly I don't see the need, since this hobby is all about patience.

are you kegging or bottling? if kegging, when you chill the keg (crash cool) a lot of yeast will drop out, clearing the beer. as long as the keg isn't moved around much, you can get most of the yeast out in the first couple pints.

if you bottle, you'll just have a little more yeast sediment in the bottle. not a big deal.

I do suggest doing a secondary for most beers. i feel like you get a better final product.
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Old 10-31-2007, 06:55 AM   #7
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I filter sometimes so I guess that makes me BAAAAAAD!
Filtering is great if it is intended for BM/C guests, fests, or competitions.
You just need a filter housing, 1-micron pleated filter, hoses, and 2 beer out QDs.
Oh CO2 and clamps too. You can filter between carboys or cornys.

Tips: filtering will not rush a beer. If its green, it'll be green until its done.
Push the beer through the filter slowly.

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Old 10-31-2007, 04:50 PM   #8
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I was on a brewery tour at the Weeping Radish in NC last week. The brewery owner went on and on about how they proudly never filter because it is not true to the history and even further, that it removed healthy minerals from the beer. Not sure if I buy this 100%, but it takes a time consuming task out of my brewing process, so I like what he says...

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Old 10-31-2007, 06:23 PM   #9
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I have some filtering pictures in my gallery. I only filter when a batch won't clear. That's maybe once a year.

Historically, some brews were filtered through straw or moss. This was common when the mash was fermented directly.
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Old 10-31-2007, 06:28 PM   #10
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I prefer unfiltered hazy hoppy beers. They just usually seem fresher, with a fuller body and better mouthfeel.

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