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Beer Clarification Advice


Don Harwood — Oxfordshire, England asks,

What is your preferred method of clarifying beer, including removing chill haze? I’ve tried finings (isinglass, silica-based, and gelatin), and filtering down to 1 micron but never had results as good as just leaving the beer chilled for a month or two.

My preference of clarification method is based more on process constraints than any true affinity for a particular method. Gravity plus time, finings plus time, filtration, centrifugation, and combinations of these can
Response by Ashton Lewis.