Brewing Crystal Clear Beer at Home Without Filtration
First off, I have no problems with hazy home brewed beer. For some styles, like Wits and Hefeweizens, haziness is actually the way the beer should look. In other cases, as with dry-hopping, the hop oils can leave a haze in the beer which is well worth the added aroma benefits you get from the process.
It is nice though, to brew a brilliantly clear Pale Ale, Golden Ale, or Amber Ale at home. This is especially the case when serving to friends and family who have pre-conceived myths that home brew is always hazy and funky tasting.
It’s a simple two step process to produce crystal clear, great tasting beer at home.
1) Look for yeasts which have Very High or High Flocculation. They do their job during fermentation and settle out on the bottom of the fermenter when done, leaving a very clear beer.
2) Cold crash the beer, by chilling it below forty degrees for a week once fermentation is fully complete.
Favorite yeast strains with Very High Flocculation, and some styles they work great for:
White Labs WLP002 English Ale Yeast – ESB, Pale Ale, IPA, English Mild, English Bitter, Golden Ales
Wyeast 1968 London ESB Ale – ESB, English Bitter, English Brown Ale, English Mild
Favorite yeast strains with High Flocculation
White Labs WLP017 Whitbread Ale Yeast – ESB,English Bitters, English Milds, Pale Ales
White Labs WLP037 Yorkshire Square Ale Yeast – English Pale Ale, English Bitter, ESB, Irish Red Ale
White Labs WLP041 Pacific Ale Yeast – American IPA, Pale Ales, Amber Ales, Golden Ales, ESB
White Labs WLP810 San Francisco Lager – California Common, Cream Ale
Wyeast 1318 London Ale III – IPA, Strong Ale, ESB, Pale Ale, English Bitters
Wyeast 1332 Northwest Ale – American IPA, Pale Ale, Golden Ale, Blonde Ale, Amber Ale
Wyeast 1335 British Ale II – English Pale Ale, ESB, English Brown Ale, English Mild
Wyeast 1469 West Yorkshire Ale – English IPA, ESB, Pale Ale, English Bitter, Golden Ale
Wyeast 1728 Scottish Ale – Scottish Ale, Irish Red Ale, Amber Ale
Wyeast 2112 California Lager – California Common, Cream Ale
Wyeast 3522 Belgian Ardennes – Belgian Pale Ale, Belgian IPA, Belgian Blonde, Belgian Golden, Belgian Strong Ale