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Need help clarifying beer
« on: June 18, 2014, 11:11:35 PM »
I have a cream ale that is 5 weeks old and will not drop clear. I have never had problems with my beer getting sparkling clear. But this one just won't drop. It is carbonated and I need to serve it in a couple weeks. What can I do?

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Re: Need help clarifying beer
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2014, 11:27:42 PM »
What yeast? Gelatin may get you there.

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Re: Need help clarifying beer
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2014, 11:37:49 PM »
Try Knox Gelatin from the grocery store.

There are instructions in this article (a long with other options for clearing beer):

http://beersmith.com/blog/2008/12/30/fining-agents-improving-beer-clarity/

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Re: Need help clarifying beer
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2014, 11:38:17 PM »
Could it be contaminated?

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Re: Need help clarifying beer
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2014, 11:40:19 PM »
No contamination, tastes perfectly good. In fact this happened in the last 2 batches, I've made it before with no problems. I used 1272 yeast.

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Re: Need help clarifying beer
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2014, 05:04:28 AM »
doesn't help now but could be a pH issue in the mash.
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Re: Need help clarifying beer
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2014, 10:51:51 AM »
Biofine clear (silicic acid). Not sure why more homebrewers aren't using this over gelatin. Works faster and better.

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Re: Need help clarifying beer
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2014, 12:05:13 PM »
I'll have to try that

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Re: Need help clarifying beer
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2014, 12:13:38 PM »
I used Biofine clear on a German pils that I have on tap now, and it works as advertised. I'll have to post a pic. I've always had good luck with gelatin too, but this is less time consuming - no mixing and 'blooming'. I put a small amount in the bottom of the keg and rack on top. Clear in a day or two.
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Re: Need help clarifying beer
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2014, 05:29:14 PM »
Thanks guys I'll try the biofine

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Re: Need help clarifying beer
« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2014, 05:34:23 PM »
I used Biofine clear on a German pils that I have on tap now, and it works as advertised. I'll have to post a pic. I've always had good luck with gelatin too, but this is less time consuming - no mixing and 'blooming'. I put a small amount in the bottom of the keg and rack on top. Clear in a day or two.

What's a small amount?

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Re: Need help clarifying beer
« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2014, 05:40:35 PM »
I used Biofine clear on a German pils that I have on tap now, and it works as advertised. I'll have to post a pic. I've always had good luck with gelatin too, but this is less time consuming - no mixing and 'blooming'. I put a small amount in the bottom of the keg and rack on top. Clear in a day or two.

What's a small amount?

They give a range of (I think) 1/4 tbsp - 2tbsp per 5 gallons. I decided to use 1 tbsp as a starting point and it worked great.
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Re: Need help clarifying beer
« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2014, 06:16:21 PM »
Concur with Biofine.  Works very well even with low flocc yeast.  1tbsp.  Boom.  Clear beer.  Leaves enough yeast in suspension to bottle carbonate at that dose, so far. 

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Re: Need help clarifying beer
« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2014, 06:35:35 PM »
Biofine clear (silicic acid). Not sure why more homebrewers aren't using this over gelatin. Works faster and better.

Gelatin is so cheap it's almost free.
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Re: Need help clarifying beer
« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2014, 06:39:20 PM »
Biofine clear (silicic acid). Not sure why more homebrewers aren't using this over gelatin. Works faster and better.

Gelatin is so cheap it's almost free.

FWIW, Biofine is a little more $ than gelatin, but still cheap :

http://morebeer.com/products/biofine-clear-clarifier-1-oz.html
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