Author Topic: In over my head?  (Read 169 times)

Offline Bitter Mike

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In over my head?
« on: December 10, 2019, 03:24:35 AM »
I might need a forum targeted at rookies. Is there a place to post very basic home brew kit questions? It just seems like everyone is talking about their own raw materials and my questions would be too simple. Like, best method for clearer beer when not using filters. Best method to bottle and avoid sediment. Are these okay in the general or are they too simple?

We're on our third batch.

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Offline dannyjed

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Re: In over my head?
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2019, 12:23:19 PM »
If you have the ability to cold crash the beer, your beer will be clearer. If you can get the beer down to near freezing temperatures for a few days to a few weeks it will help to settle the sediment.
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Re: In over my head?
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2019, 12:58:21 PM »
I might need a forum targeted at rookies. Is there a place to post very basic home brew kit questions? It just seems like everyone is talking about their own raw materials and my questions would be too simple. Like, best method for clearer beer when not using filters. Best method to bottle and avoid sediment. Are these okay in the general or are they too simple?

We're on our third batch.

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Offline KellerBrauer

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Re: In over my head?
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2019, 01:07:33 PM »
You’re in the right place to learn about the art of brewing, regardless of what type of brewing you do.

Clearing beer actually is achieved using several different methods.  “Fining” is a method used while the wort is in the kettle.  There are many different products used for Fining.  Basically, the fining product helps to clear proteins which causes beer to be hazy when chilled.  All that said, as beer ferments, yeast and hop residue settle naturally to the bottom of your fermentation vessel and this settling continues in the bottle.

In any case, all your questions will be answered in this forum.  I have been part of many forums and this forum seems to have the most knowledgeable participants.

Good luck and happy brewing!
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Re: In over my head?
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2019, 04:12:54 PM »
The process of "fining" is not only done in the kettle. While the use of Whirfloc and Irish Moss (isinglass) are used in the kettle there is also the use of silica gel or gelatin which is done after fermentation usually at packaging which is also considered fining.
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Re: In over my head?
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2019, 04:49:11 PM »


The process of "fining" is not only done in the kettle. While the use of Whirfloc and Irish Moss (isinglass) are used in the kettle there is also the use of silica gel or gelatin which is done after fermentation usually at packaging which is also considered fining.

Just a quick correction, Irish moss is not isinglass. 

Irish moss is unrefined carrageenan, the raw material from which Whirlfloc is refined, used in the kettle to help precipitate the cold break after chilling. 

Isinglass is a form of collagen, which, like gelatin, is used in the fermenter or cask to settle yeast.  (Silica gel is used, especially in cask ales, in advance of isinglass to enhance its performance.)
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Re: In over my head?
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2019, 09:19:21 PM »
About the only thing I haven't seen mentioned specifically yet is patience.  8^)

"Beer Time" is like "Microsoft Time" a minute may take a day or a week may only take an hour. 

Cold beer and time will eventually clear almost any beer that can be cleared.  The other things folks have mentioned will help speed up the process.

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Re: In over my head?
« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2019, 12:26:09 AM »
About the only thing I haven't seen mentioned specifically yet is patience.  8^)

"Beer Time" is like "Microsoft Time" a minute may take a day or a week may only take an hour. 

Cold beer and time will eventually clear almost any beer that can be cleared.  The other things folks have mentioned will help speed up the process.

Paul

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That’s like ‘BBQ time’. It’s done when it’s done.


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