This was Melanie Krautstrunk's Igneous IPA (6.3% alcohol-by-volume), on draught in the taproom at Hutton & Smith Brewing, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on 30 January 2016.
Me: "How did you get this beer so clear?"
Ms. Krautstrunk: "Time and gravity."
Me: "No filtration?
Ms. Krautstrunk: "No; no filtration. I was patient."
In other words, particles in a liquid settle naturally under the influence of gravity. Left alone for a sufficient amount of time, beer will clarify itself.
Murky is the recourse of the impatient. Beauty is the craft of the brewster.
- More photos of Hutton & Smith Brewery: here.
- Description of Stokes Law paraphrased from a Wort & Beer Clarificaton Manual provided by BSG Craft Brewing.
- For poetic license, I redacted the penultimate sentence after I had first uploaded. ("Murky is the defense of the impatient.") The intent remains the same.
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