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Offline nofunsally

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Distinct dark layer atop otherwise settled beer in secondary
« on: September 22, 2010, 06:42:45 pm »
Hello,
I brewed a no-boil Berliner Weisse about a month ago.  I have had it in secondary for about 2 weeks. After about a week in secondary I added more Lactobacillus (I pitched half of 1L starter in the beginning).  A few days later a distinct dark layer has developed at the top of the beer in the carboy (it's about 1.5 inches deep in a 6 gallon carboy).  The beer below looks really clear with the yeast, etc already nicely on the bottom.  Anyone else experience this? What's this dark strata all about?

Cheers,
Mike

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Re: Distinct dark layer atop otherwise settled beer in secondary
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2010, 06:49:46 pm »
Sounds like it's just the beer clearing. As yeast drops out it will appear darker.

Can you post a pic?
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Re: Distinct dark layer atop otherwise settled beer in secondary
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2010, 07:00:01 pm »
I'll try to grab a pic tomorrow. I understand that yeast whilst in the beer before settling can increase the opacity and lightness of a beer, but the underneath beer looks really clear.  I'll take a photo soon to see what the thoughts are after that. Maybe I don't know clear beer when I see it.

Thanks,
Cheers,
Mike