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Old 05-04-2010, 06:47 PM   #1
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I'd like to clear up my beer a bit more. I've never had much luck with Irish Moss so I was going to try gelatin.

Can I just add it to my secondary that is up in my brew room? I don't cold crash because I don't have a beer fridge. Will the gelatin still clear up the beer?

My brew room is pretty cool already. About 63F.

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Old 05-04-2010, 06:50 PM   #2
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I've had some success using gelatin without cold crashing.

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Old 05-04-2010, 06:55 PM   #3
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How long did you leave it in the secondary?

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Old 05-04-2010, 07:00 PM   #4
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How long did you leave it in the secondary?
It can stay in there indefinitely. I add gelatin to the keg, and its in there till it kicks with no ill effects.
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At the time I was bottling. I racked to secondary, added gelatin, let it settle for a week, and bottled. A week was probably overkill, but I was in no hurry.

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Old 05-04-2010, 07:34 PM   #6
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I was just asking because I racked to secondary two days ago and I won't be bottling for 10 more days.

It sounds like there is no harm done if it stays in there for that amount of time.

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Just bottled after leaving the ale on gelatin for 2 weeks (racked onto it for good mixing), with no cold crash. Took about a week to mostly clear. Could read a newspaper through the full carboy after 2.

Had been pouring the gelatin in after racking, and it worked well, but I feel this worked better. Still, I got beautifully clear ales with no crashing.

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Old 05-04-2010, 10:32 PM   #8
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That's good to know DmentD. I just poured some Gelatin on top of my beer that has been racked for a few days. Next time I'll rack on top and see if I can notice a difference.

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A long time ago, a pro brewer friend told me that filtering was easier and faster than using a fining agent, so any time I want super clear beer, I run it through a plate filter before finishing it up. (Got that from Northern Brewer for not too many bucks)

I have used gelatin before without cold crashing, and it worked fine after a couple of weeks, so I would agree with DmentD that you don't really need to cold crash with gelatin.

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Old 05-10-2010, 07:37 PM   #10
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I am sure this has been asked before. But those that are using gelatin are you bottling and if so how long does it take the beer to carb up. I have read alot of opinions about this just wanted to know your experience.

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