Tuesday, 09 February 2010 02:39

Cloudy beer that’s not supposed to be cloudy can be caused by a bacteria infection. But if this is the case you should be able to taste the infection – the beer will have a slight or pronounced sour taste that does not belong in the beer. If your beer has an infection then I recommend that you invite a lot of friends over to help empty the keg as soon as possible because it will get worse, fast. The infection won’t hurt you, it’s the same bacteria used to make vinegar and that’s exactly what it’s trying to do to your beer. Once your keg is empty and before you tap another keg, thoroughly clean your beer coupler, beer line and beer faucet to prevent introducing the infection into the next keg of beer. Another cloudiness issue is chill haze which is caused by proteins in your beer coming out of suspension when your beer is cold. This is common in some micobrew and homebrew beers and is caused by not removing enough suspended proteins during the mash and brew processes. To find out if your cloudiness issue is chill haze, pour a glass of beer and set it aside. If it’s chill haze, the cloudiness will go away as your beer warms up. Chill haze does not harm your beer.

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