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beertroll 08-15-2012 03:33 PM

Gelatin finings
I've been working on improving the clarity of my beers, and between cold crashing and paying attention to water chemistry and mash pH I've seen a massive improvement. I think I'm about 90% of the way to where I want my beers to be. I picked up some gelatin finings to see if it gives me that last little bit of clarity. To get the best results, when should I add the gelatin? It will be going into a DIPA that has finished fermenting but has not yet been cold crashed or dry-hopped. I'm thinking that the gelatin would be most effective if I add it a day or two before I start crashing, and then dry hop after the yeast has settled out. Is this the best approach?

Zen_Brew 08-15-2012 03:39 PM

Gelatin is usually more effective if added into the beer after it is already at a cold temperature. So crash the beer to cold temperature, add the gelatin, wait 2-3 days for the gelatin to settle, add hops. Bear in mind sometimes a heavy dry hop will cloud your beer up a bit again. If you are really adamant about the clarity you can do the gelatin after dry hopping. It can pull a small amount of the dry hop aroma down with it when it clarifies, but that becomes a recipe adjustment of adding enough dry hop to compensate.

beertroll 08-15-2012 05:26 PM

Thanks. That's good information.

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