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brewhawk:
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)

hamiltont:
I would let it go through full fermentation (2-3 weeks) and then evaluate it.  If it's still cloudy then you might look into using gelatin.  BTW... 60F is a little warm for a Lager fermentation. Mid 50's would be better... Great job Hawks!!! (From a Husker fan!!)

mrdrysdale64:
I agree with hamiltont. I have used unflavored gelatin was great success. I have never used sorghum and very curious how it will work.

brewhawk:
Thanks for the input.  I am taking it down to 48F and see if things improve.  Go Hawks!

Brewhawk

euge:

--- Quote ---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.
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Using lot's of adjunct like rice solids can still give a haze. Evaluating for clarity only after just a few days of fermentation? A tad bit early. :D After the lagering phase it will probably have cleared up.

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