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Can I avoid yeast in the bottle when bottle conditioning


Moriah • New York asks,

I saw the ads for the Coopers carbonation drops and they seem like an easy alternative to the hassle of counter-pressure filling, but here’s the rub: I don’t like that little white layer of yeast in the bottom of the bottle.

I actually like filtration to make my beers fairly clear. Is there a happy middle ground? Is there a beer filter with rougher filtration that would allow just enough yeast through to let the carbonation drops work without leaving the residue in the bottom of the bottle?

So you’re one of those picky brewers who wants the best of both worlds! Fortunately, there is a way to have bottle-conditioned beer sans yeast cake, but rough filtration is not the
Response by Ashton Lewis.