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Title: filtering beer
Post by: astrivian on September 29, 2010, 08:19:04 PM
How do you filter beer? Is there an economical way to do it for 5 gallon batches?

I tried a coffee filter and it is sooooo slow.
Title: Re: filtering beer
Post by: euge on September 29, 2010, 10:48:41 PM
How do you filter beer? Is there an economical way to do it for 5 gallon batches?

I tried a coffee filter and it is sooooo slow.

Using house filters seems to be gaining some popularity. http://www.lowes.com/pd_89376-59019-WHKF-DWHV_4294935907+4294965476__?productId=1201343&Ntt=water+filter&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl_Whirlpool_4294935907%2B4294965476__s%3FVa%3Dtrue%26Ntt%3Dwater%2Bfilter (http://www.lowes.com/pd_89376-59019-WHKF-DWHV_4294935907+4294965476__?productId=1201343&Ntt=water+filter&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl_Whirlpool_4294935907%2B4294965476__s%3FVa%3Dtrue%26Ntt%3Dwater%2Bfilter)
Title: Re: filtering beer
Post by: Beertracker on September 29, 2010, 11:24:29 PM
I don't anymore, but I used to use a ceramic water filter (0.5 micron) for rough filtration. I also used to be able to get DE filters through the college lab or pool supply which worked great for bright beer in a hurry. I'd say yeast selection, refrigeration & time are your friends.  ;)   
Title: Re: filtering beer
Post by: gordonstrong on September 30, 2010, 07:57:21 AM
When I filter, I use the plate filter, but the initial setup wasn't cheap and the filters aren't cheap.  So I only filter when it really, really matters.

Try fining instead.  I make mead, so I often use the same things.  They work on beer too.
Title: Re: filtering beer
Post by: skyler on September 30, 2010, 08:05:56 AM
I hate using it, because my girlfriend is a vegetarian and won't consume it, but gelatin works GREAT if you keg. That and a week at 32F before kegging and your beer will be clearer than 90% of commercial craft beer.
Title: Re: filtering beer
Post by: astrivian on October 01, 2010, 08:49:58 PM
I hate using it, because my girlfriend is a vegetarian and won't consume it, but gelatin works GREAT if you keg. That and a week at 32F before kegging and your beer will be clearer than 90% of commercial craft beer.

oh wow. i have never tried either. thanks!
Title: Re: filtering beer
Post by: redbeerman on October 02, 2010, 05:28:15 AM
I hate using it, because my girlfriend is a vegetarian and won't consume it, but gelatin works GREAT if you keg. That and a week at 32F before kegging and your beer will be clearer than 90% of commercial craft beer.

oh wow. i have never tried either. thanks!

I use gelatin.  Works great 99% of the time.