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Old 08-21-2007, 07:34 PM   #1
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Is there any product that will produce brilliantly clear beer in a short time span.

I'm using gelatin, and if I leave it for 10-14 days, the beer is brilliantly clear.

Looking for something faster.

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Old 08-21-2007, 07:38 PM   #2
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Is there any product that will produce brilliantly clear beer in a short time span.

I'm using gelatin, and if I leave it for 10-14 days, the beer is brilliantly clear.

Looking for something faster.

Thanks
Are you crash cooling it? That should shorten the time.

Short of pushing the beer through a filter, I don’t know anything faster than gelatin and 37 degrees.
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Old 08-21-2007, 07:47 PM   #3
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Isinglass is quicker than gelatin, but not by that much. It is also a royal PITA to prepare. Used it once, then switched to gelatin. Cheaper, easier, same result (with time).

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KC Superkleer shellfish finings work in a few days. In conjunction with cold-crashing, it will work wonders.

Also check out a highly flocculent yeast strain. The best I've seen is Wyeast London ESB. It finished fermenting in 2 days, and when I racked to secondary on day 4, the hydro sample was crystal clear. Too bad that batch got infected, but oh well.

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The best I've seen is Wyeast London ESB. It finished fermenting in 2 days, and when I racked to secondary on day 4, the hydro sample was crystal clear. Too bad that batch got infected, but oh well.
Ouch! Sounded like a wonderful beer.
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You need to add the gelatin to COLD beer.

Remember...Jello? Not very good at room temp...

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You need to add the gelatin to COLD beer.

Remember...Jello? Not very good at room temp...
Read that also.

But, I thought if I add the gelatin into 65 F beer, then crash the temp, the gelatin would have time to attach to the proteins/yeast before gelling up and flocking out.

I boil water, cool it, add gelatin and spin it for an hour, then slowly raise the temp to 150 F before adding to the brite tank.
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I've never used finings yet. I'm pretty happy with what crash cooling to 39 degrees before kegging does for me. Here's what my Oktoberfest looked like before kegging.



After it's carbed, it will continue to settle & clear in the keg. Moving it from the garage to the house will stir it up some, but it will settle in the kegerator after a day or two.

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How much gelatin are you using? Do you just mix it in with the beer fermenting or lagering in the secondry and then wait?

I have never used it, but I have an aweomse bock lagering at the moment, and it tastes great but is still a little murky after 2 weeks primary at 10 C (50 F) and 3 weeks in secondry at 4 C (39 F).

(Sorry about the semi-hijack)

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Here's my brews after adding gelatin...clear enough???

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