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Old 04-03-2012, 07:04 PM   #1
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I have read a few things online about using Gelatin to clear your beer...but as usual there are differing theories..so i come to you...when do you use Gelatin and does it inhibit alcohol/head etc...

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Old 04-03-2012, 07:12 PM   #2
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I use it in my secondary about a week before I keg it. No effect on head retention or other side effects that I noticed. Crystal clear beer!

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Old 04-03-2012, 07:16 PM   #3
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I just started experimenting with it.

So far i've added it to warm beer that was in keg then cooled.

Crash cooled beer in a keg then added it.

Out of those two, both were clearer than not fined beer, but the crashed first then added seemed to work better.

My next batch will be crashed cooled in a Carboy then transferred to a keg with gelatin already in the bottom of the keg.

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Old 04-03-2012, 07:34 PM   #4
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what about bottle conditioned?

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Old 04-03-2012, 07:40 PM   #5
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There is enough yeast left to carbonate in the bottle, there should be no problems.

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Old 04-03-2012, 07:48 PM   #6
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I typically only use it when using a less flocculant yeast like 001. If I'm using 002 or something similar I don't bother. I use it in the keg - though if I'm not washing yeast I wouldn't hesitate to use it in the primary (at cold temps), there's a thread on here with a good writeup - using the microwave and knox gelatin. Simple process, leave it for about a week.

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Old 04-13-2012, 05:53 AM   #7
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I've added to the keg and ended up with clogged dip tubes if the keg gets disturbed at all.

It's worked fantastically since I started doing a secondary addition. Depending on the brew, I use 1 or 2 packets of unflavored gelatin from the grocery store dissolved into water that I bring to about 140 to 160 F (don't boil!). Put that in secondary, rack the beer and wait at least 3 days, then rack to the keg.

My first rye beer was extremely cloudy and had a yellowish color. My second, which I added gelatin to the keg, had a copper color but was still hazy. My third, is brilliantly copper and commercial quality clear (secondary gelatin addition). My recipe for these was 1/3 rye malt. I've experienced similar results with other brews since I started using gelatin. I highly recommend it in the secondary.

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Old 04-13-2012, 05:59 AM   #8
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Add the dissolved gelatin to room temperature beer, then chill it for a few days. Adding it to pre-chilled beer will make jello blobs.

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Old 04-13-2012, 01:28 PM   #9
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Does this kind work?

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Old 04-13-2012, 01:40 PM   #10
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Does this kind work?

That will work very well. Look around for a "store" brand should you decide to add this to your regular process, I buy 20 envelopes for less than $4.00.
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