Crystal clear beer should be the goal with most beer styles. To get there, homebrewers must understand the causes of haze, ways to minimize them in the first place, and how to clear them up when they do exist.
Love it or hate it, haze is a part of modern beer. A brewer may desire the characteristic in hefeweizens, wit biers, and some IPAs. Learn tips to either generate or minimize haze.
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
Hazy beers are all the craze. Brew Your Own Magazine’s Technical Editor Ashton Lewis walks through his favorite tips for brewing hazy beers.
Many homebrewers bypass the step of filtering their homebrew and instead use fining agents and cold crashing (storing the beer after fermentation has completed in a cold place for a week or
The first question that really should be answered is why do brewers filter beer? Some brewers filter beer to make it clear and pretty, some filter beer so that they don’t have
If you’re thinking, “why would I want to filter my beer?” you’re not alone. Filtering is an excellent technique to implement when homebrewing. Clarity is important to many brewers and drinkers, and
“Finings” is brewer speak for flocculants that are used in brewing to clarify suspensions of solids in a liquid, such as trub in wort and yeast in beer. Such solids remain suspended
First, what does “fining” mean? Well, this is another piece of brewer’s jargon, like “grain bill,” “knock-out” and calling brewing water “liquor” — indeed one 18th century writer records that anyone using
Q I always make a yeast starter in order to pitch the proper amount of yeast. Typically, I use a stir plate in the basement, which is a consistent 68 °F (20
Gravity settling good, filtration bad,” was my conviction for a long while. I joined England’s Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) in its early days and am still a member, even though I