This is a follow up to my question whether a clear beer is a requirement for quality. My current batch of IPA, has finished conditioning and is very tasty and also to my surprise quite clear. Previous batches although tasting very good were cloudy and leading me to believe that clarity without special equipment or filtering was not obtainable to the home brewer.
I followed my recipe to the letter, although I believe I may have had a more vigorous boil then in my previous batches. Following fermentation I used gelatin as a fining agent without any chilling and allowed the beer to sit for 2 additional weeks in the primary before bottling. The batch conditioned for an additional 2 weeks and then several bottles were placed in the refrigerator. The beer has a satifactory head and is very clear, there is no chill haze.
I am pleased with the taste and quality of this batch, although I am a bit confused to exactly what chain of events resulted in what I believe to be the best beer I have brewed so far. Can anyone shed some light on this situation as I would like to be able to repeat this time and again? Thanks, Quentin