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Yeast off-flavors and clarifying beer?


Matt Story • Chula Vista, California asks,

I am about to brew a batch of pale ale, but I would like to know the best way to separate the ale from the yeast before I transfer the beer to the keg. I want to do this to cut down on any off flavors that the dead yeast might add to the beer and give me a better brew for competition.

One of the best ways for homebrewers to clarify beer is to simply move the carboy to a refrigerator and hold it cold (38° F is ideal)for at least a week. Chilling
Response by Ashton Lewis.