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Old 04-26-2010, 12:05 PM   #1
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I tried adding gelatin for the first time to a already carbed keg that just wont clear up. Its a smoked amber, that is as cloudy as a hefe. Sounded like gelatin would clear it up in a couple days. I added it 5 days ago to a cold keg, and it looks exactly the same now as it did before. How does the stuff not work? I added it warm, just dumped it in, didn't stir it.

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Old 04-26-2010, 04:14 PM   #2
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I read threw a ton of threads on here, not sure if i found even one that said gelatin didnt work. Most make it out to be the cure all for clearing your beer in a couple days. I added my gelatin via the same exact process covered a bunch of times in these forums.

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Old 04-26-2010, 04:16 PM   #3
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You did bloom the gelatin, right?

And, how cold is a "cold keg"?

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heated water, then mixed it in? Or just dumped the packet in? There is also only so much it can do. How longs it been? I've also never added it post carbonation. Maybe that has an effect. I cool my beer, add gelatin for a few days and then rack. Give it a few more days in the kegerator without moving anything around and I bet you'll notice it starting to clear. My Oatmeal Pale Ale took a week or so to start clearing even after gelatin.

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for the record, i've used it on a carbed keg at 42F and it worked well (within 3 days).

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Old 04-26-2010, 05:04 PM   #6
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Its been 5 days for mine, with no difference. I added gelatin to a 38 degree keg. Used 1/2 packet Knox, added to 1 cup cold water, let "bloom" for 20 min. or so. Then heated it up, stirred it a bunch to dissolve it. Didnt boil it. Let it cool a bit, then dumped it in the keg. I just dont get how it could NOT work?

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Its been 5 days for mine, with no difference. I added gelatin to a 38 degree keg. Used 1/2 packet Knox, added to 1 cup cold water, let "bloom" for 20 min. or so. Then heated it up, stirred it a bunch to dissolve it. Didnt boil it. Let it cool a bit, then dumped it in the keg. I just dont get how it could NOT work?
And how long after you dumped it in the keg did you chill the keg?

It's not instant.
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Keg has been in there for a couple weeks before i added the gelatin. Sure doesnt appear it should take over 5 days to clear up

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Its a smoked amber, that is as cloudy as a hefe.
Gelatin isn't a silver bullet. It works well for low to moderately cloudy beer that is suffering from protein haze.

If the beer is super cloudy, it may be starch haze, which doesn't clear well with gelatin.
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Gelatin isn't a silver bullet. It works well for low to moderately cloudy beer that is suffering from protein haze.

If the beer is super cloudy, it may be starch haze, which doesn't clear well with gelatin.
Its not super cloudy by any means, you can see some light threw it. I can understand it might not work, I just find it hard to believe that in the hundreds of posts i have ran across on Gelatin, not a one said that it didnt clear their beer up. Starch? Maybe if i had a bunch of oats/rye in it. Doubt i got start extracted from RauchMalt, and Cherrywood.
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