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In the quest for super clear beer (and increase shelf stability) some brewers like to filter their beer. What impact does it have on flavor, aroma and color? Which aspects of flavor (hops only, malt and hops, only malt flavors)? Can any striping of these things be compensated for in the recipe?

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Yes filtering will strip away some flavor from both the hops and the malt. Depending on pore size of the filter is how much flavor you will lose. The smaller the pore size, the more flavor loss. This can be compensated for when doing your grain bill as well as amount of hops during various additions. Aroma hops cannot be compensated for but dry hopping can add aroma back into the beer after filtering.

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