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Old 09-25-2008, 12:39 AM   #1
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I'm getting mad chill haze in all my beers but my hefeweizen, which is unusually clear till I pour the yeast in. It's not really driving me crazy, the beer still tastes good, but it's odd. What could it be, the cold break?

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Old 09-25-2008, 12:42 AM   #2
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My guess is that you're not getting a good enough cold break when you chill the wort. One suggestion I have is to use whirlfloc, if you're aren't already using it. It seems to work better for me than Irish moss, and even with NO other finings, my beer is crystal clear.
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Old 09-25-2008, 12:43 AM   #3
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Chill haze is very hard to completely eliminate in homebrew. You could try finings in your boil like whirlfloc or irish moss, or try chilling your beers for an extended period of time. My beers clear up alot after sitting in the cold basement for a couple weeks. The haze causing proteins tend to settle out in time. If your beer tastes good, who cares.

 
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Old 09-25-2008, 12:49 AM   #4
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I was just using the ice bath in the sink method, but that only covered half the pot and took a long time. Now I submerge it all the way in an ice bath and it cools a lot quicker. I'm yet to open one of those batches, so we'll see.

I haven't gotten a wort chiller because I can't hook anything to the old, corroded faucets in my apartment. Maybe it's time to make the landlord change the faucets.
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Old 09-25-2008, 12:51 AM   #5
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If your beer tastes good, who cares.
I hear ya. That's pretty much what it boils down to. On the other hand, it would be cool to master the process.
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Old 09-25-2008, 01:07 AM   #6
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I just picked up some pollyclear today....I'll let you know.
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I've tried using gelatin in a keg with no luck. I know a few people that swear by isinglass (I don't want to go near the stuff because it's made from the bladders of fish) They all pour it into their secondary before they rack.
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I've tried using gelatin in a keg with no luck. I know a few people that swear by isinglass (I don't want to go near the stuff because it's made from the bladders of fish) They all pour it into their secondary before they rack.
Gelatin is made from ground up bone. How is isinglass any worse?

 
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Old 09-25-2008, 02:55 AM   #9
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Gelatin is made from ground up bone. How is isinglass any worse?
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Old 09-25-2008, 02:56 AM   #10
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True...good thing I only used it once. Probably why I've never been a fan of jello either...though I suppose it's in quite a few foods
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