Originally Posted by mdf191
I was going from a long primary fermentation directly into my Corny kegs. Am I stupid to be adding Gelatin the day of racking into the kegs. I originally thought it would just clear the beer and settle to the bottom of the keg. But now I am reading in other posts that people add gelatin to a fermenter and let lt sit a few days before racking and a jello sludge is left on the bottom. If I am doing this into a keg, Will I end up with a jello sludge clogging my dip tubes and what not? Or will I be ok with my current plan which is heat the jello, pour it in the keg, rack beer on top, chill, carbonate, drink. Or is it not even worth it at this point?
While others have good results with that approach. Personally I would do 2 things differently:
1. Transfer the beer to the keg and allow to cool for a day or 2. This will allow chill haze to develop (if its going to). The gelatin will remove chill haze, but the chill haze has to be there to get removed.
2. Gelatin (and other finings) work by attracting haze particle such as yeast & proteins into larger clumps. The larger the clump, the faster gravity will settle them out Stokes Law). Thus, if you add to gelatin on top of the beer, it will gather the particles that cause the haze on its way through the beer to the bottom of the keg. As a rule, I do this in an corny before carbonation and then transfer to a serving keg and force carbonate.
As mentioned, others have disagreed with both points. But, from what I have read and tips from other brewers, both points will yield better results. My experience bears that out.
I have used gelatin in the serving keg with no problems. I can't say the same for dry hopping in a serving keg -- I clogged the snot out the dip tube the one and only time I tired that!