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Hoosierbrewer 06-22-2008 01:03 AM

Beer Gelatin
 
I had several requests to post the beer gelatin that was made in the bottom of my secondary of German ale. It was my first attempt at using gelatin to clear my beer. This is how you do not use gelatin to clear your beer more.

It did not taste very pleasant.

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Jack 06-22-2008 06:46 AM

How did you use the gelatin to get that to happen?

And how do you use it correctly?

BeerSmith 06-22-2008 03:09 PM

Hi,
Normally you just take a packet of plain gelatin and slowly dissolve it into some warm water (I heat mine over the stove just a bit). You want to heat it just enough to get the gelatin to dissolve - no more.

Then you gently add it to the secondary and stir it in. Let it sit for 4-5 days so the gelatin can aid in sedimentation, then rack the beer off to a bottling tank or keg and bottle/keg per normal.

Cheers,
Brad

Hoosierbrewer 06-23-2008 12:27 PM

This water was too close to the boiling point. by the time it cooled down, it was turning to jello. Brad has pretty much explained how you use it.

dblee50 07-01-2008 09:53 PM

I'm about to use gelatin for the first time. It sounds like you don't have to worry about perfectly sanitary water, just warm it up and mix then add to wort? You don't have to boil water first then let cool down or what? thanks

BierMuncher 07-01-2008 10:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dblee50 (Post 735731)
I'm about to use gelatin for the first time. It sounds like you don't have to worry about perfectly sanitary water, just warm it up and mix then add to wort? You don't have to boil water first then let cool down or what? thanks

No need to boil first.

I add my dried gelatin to cold water and stir. (About 1 Tbsp to 1/2 cup per five gallons.)

Then I place it on the stove on medium heat and then stir.
In about 5-6 minutes (well before it begins to boil), the gelatin has dissolved completely and I remove from heat.

I cool it slightly and add it to the secondary or keg before racking the beer on top.

McKBrew 07-02-2008 10:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BierMuncher (Post 735761)
No need to boil first.

I add my dried gelatin to cold water and stir. (About 1 Tbsp to 1/2 cup per five gallons.)

Then I place it on the stove on medium heat and then stir.
In about 5-6 minutes (well before it begins to boil), the gelatin has dissolved completely and I remove from heat.

I cool it slightly and add it to the secondary or keg before racking the beer on top.

I just wanted to give a props to this specific method. I used it with a rather murky rye pale ale, and in a matter of four days it has cleared up significantly. I wish I would have taken some pics over the last few days to share the results.

impatient 01-14-2010 02:13 AM

Does this affect the time it takes for carbonation to occur when bottling?

ILOVEBEER 01-21-2010 06:16 PM

I want to try the gelatin method. I utilize a sanke and my beer stays in the sanke(primary) for 3 weeks....I do not use a secondary vessel. I then cold crash for 48 hours and rack to corneys.

When can I add the gelatin for my setup/procedure?


Thanks

BierMuncher 01-21-2010 10:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ILOVEBEER (Post 1827236)
I want to try the gelatin method. I utilize a sanke and my beer stays in the sanke(primary) for 3 weeks....I do not use a secondary vessel. I then cold crash for 48 hours and rack to corneys.

When can I add the gelatin for my setup/procedure?


Thanks

You should get good results adding to your sanke with about 3-4 days left in the total ferment time. It will cause you some headaches if you harvest your own yeast though. You could always siphon off a good yeast slurry for upcoming batches and then add the yeast.


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