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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Help with cloudiness and haze
« on: January 05, 2010, 10:00:47 PM »
I am an all-grain brewer and have not brewed an extract beer in years.  However, I have a couple of friends who have gluten allergies and I wanted to brew a gluten-free beer for them.  Knowing their tastes lean towards the lighter side, I decide to brew a light American lager.  For a five-gallon recipe, I used 3 lbs. of white sorghum extract, 2 lbs of rice syrup solids and 1.5 lb of clover honey.  At 14 minutes in the boil, I added my usual 1 tsp. of Irish moss as my fining agent.  After chilling to 65F, I pitched Saflager S-23 lager yeast and it has been fermenting at 60F for two days.  My problem is that this beer is as cloudy and hazy as a hefeweizen if not more so.   Since I am expecting something as clear as a Budweiser or Coors, I am a little concerned about the level of proteins in the sorghum extract.  Can anybody suggest a clarifier or fining agent that can be added during primary or secondary fermentation and will hold up when I lager it at 35F?  Many thanks for the input.

Brewhawk (thrilled with tonight's Hawkeye Orange Bowl victory)

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