« on: June 17, 2012, 04:44:14 PM »
2-3 weeks depending on yeast flocculation, use of fining agent, how careful I was when racked it into the keg, and other such stuff.
One super-hoppy red ale (think a super-hoppy APA with 2 oz of Carafa II) was a cloudy mess for 3 weeks and then only cleared fully for the last couple pints.
I would think that clarity would be somewhat of a minor issue for ales when compared with peak flavor/aroma.
I don't even fine my APA/IPAs as it seems to remove some of the hop aroma when I do. I the case of the Biofine Clear it has totally stripped all hop aroma and flavor leaving a very bitter and clear but boring IPA.
For IPAs, the fresher the better for my tastes, after about 4-7 days cold crash to drop yeast.