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Old 05-26-2008, 01:57 AM   #11
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use another pack. It will take a few days though. It may take more time than you have, but it should clear it up some. Not sure if there are other things you can try that will be faster.

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Old 05-26-2008, 02:32 AM   #12
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will try, thanks.

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Old 05-26-2008, 02:51 AM   #13
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do not boil. i made a mistake of getting it too close to 212. try 170 and no higher. You could also boil the water and then let it cool to 170 and add the gelatin.

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I boil the water first and then let it cool a bit before adding the gelatin. You need to let it sit for awhile to "bloom" and then heat gently to get as much as possible dissolved but DO NOT boil. I add it gently to my secondary and then crash chill the whole thing down to the 30's. The beer will be crystal clear in 3-4 days. And yes it will still bottle carbonate as there is still enough yeast in solution.

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Old 05-27-2008, 04:54 PM   #15
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I used gelatin for the first time on my last batch just to see if I would like it. I used one knox gelatin package in each of my kegs. I did not hydrate the gelatin and maybe that was a big mistake, I just dumped it in and let the racking rip.

With this method, I was not impressed at all. The beer did clear but not more than it would have given a couple of weeks just sitting undisturbed, and I had coagulated gelatin in my beer pours all the way to the end of both kegs I would get tiny granules at the bottom of the glass....

Let me know if this was because of the way I added or if this is normal. I might be willing to try again if my technique was at fault.

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...I used one knox gelatin package in each of my kegs. I did not hydrate the gelatin and maybe that was a big mistake, I just dumped it in and let the racking rip.

...I had coagulated gelatin in my beer pours all the way to the end of both kegs I would get tiny granules at the bottom of the glass....
It is vital to mix with preheated (nearly but not quite boiling) water and let it completely dissolve.

Without this step, the gelatin is not soluble and has no chance of doing it's job properly. The gelatin you added was probably to cool beer and it just fell straight to the bottom of the keg.

If you're going to go straight to the keg with gelatin, prepare for a deeper yeast cake. I took my dip tubes out and gave them a sharper bend so they were about 1/2 inch off the bottom.
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I was very happy with using gelatin in the secondary after hydrating. My IPA wasn't clearing at all (I forgot my irish moss in the boil), so I added the gelatin a couple of days before racking. It worked great!

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Thanks guys! I always use a secondary for a cleaning tank. Next time, I will try this again, I'll dissolve and hydrate properly and add the my secondary.

I am happy to hear it was my mistake not a lackluster product!

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Thanks guys! I always use a secondary for a cleaning tank. Next time, I will try this again, I'll dissolve and hydrate properly and add the my secondary.

I am happy to hear it was my mistake not a lackluster product!
A full pack of Knox was too much. 1/2 pack per 5 gallons is more than enough.

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speaking of gelatin, I have been meaning to ask what people think about this:
http://www.veganessentials.com/catal...avored-jel.htm
I have a few vegan friends and would hate to say that my beer had animal products in it. Personally I don't really give much of a s"&$ and I have been wanting to try the gelatin trick, but it would be nice not to have a disclaimer on my beers.
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