The appearance of beer can leave a first and lasting impression on a beer drinker. Just like color and foam, clarity can say a lot about a beer’s quality. Without the proper tools and techniques, it can be a challenge to produce consistent and specific levels of clarity or haze in beer. Different methods exist for dialing in beer clarity, and the Brewers Association Engineering Subcommittee has developed a resource to help brewers choose the finishing process that works best for them.
The Engineering White Paper: Clarification Systems focuses on methods for removing beer haze post fermentation. An overview of clarification equipment options and techniques will help brewers consider both the inherent benefits and disadvantages of each method. Common techniques are discussed, including centrifugation, filtration, and chemical clarification.