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Old 09-10-2012, 03:39 PM   #311
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In order for gelatin to bind with the particulates, it needs to be thoroughly blended (become one with) with the beer. This can only be done if added to room temperature beer. Adding to a chilled keg, the gelatin simply jellied up and floated.

I use one heaping tablespoon for each five-gallon batch, mixed with 6 ounces of water. (heated to dissolved and then cooled slightly).
When you add it, do you just gently dump it in - or try to give it a stir?
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Old 09-10-2012, 04:09 PM   #312
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When you add it, do you just gently dump it in - or try to give it a stir?
I slowly poured the gelatin water mixture into the fermentor. And gently rocked the fermentor to mix it up. I'm brewing with 6 gallon carboys so rocking the carboy works well for mixing.

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Hello, I just added Gelatin to my pumpkin beer last night and due to time constraints I will have to bottle this evening. Do you think bottling this soon after adding the gelatin will make adding the gelatin for clarifying puposes pointless? Thanks

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2 or few more days would really make big difference. But if you cant't wait Most probably it will clear in the bottles, and you'll finish with jelly sediment. And yeah, bottle carb will take a little bit longer, than usual

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I tried adding a heated (per BM's instructions) gelatin/water mixture directly to the keg and then racking an IPA on top of it, hit the keg with co2 and then let it sit for a few days at room temp.

Not only did it not clear the beer, but it stripped all the hop aroma from the beer. Only thing I can guess is that A) the beer should have been cold B) the gelatin mix cooled down too much as the beer was racking. If it's normal for gelatin to strip off hop aroma, I doubt I'll use it again as I lean towards hoppy beers.

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Old 10-02-2012, 08:40 PM   #316
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I tried adding a heated (per BM's instructions) gelatin/water mixture directly to the keg and then racking an IPA on top of it, hit the keg with co2 and then let it sit for a few days at room temp.

Not only did it not clear the beer, but it stripped all the hop aroma from the beer. Only thing I can guess is that A) the beer should have been cold B) the gelatin mix cooled down too much as the beer was racking. If it's normal for gelatin to strip off hop aroma, I doubt I'll use it again as I lean towards hoppy beers.
Gelatin does not affect aroma. It is not an "aroma scrubber". It is totally flavor and aroma neutral and has no capacity to neutralize aroma.

No doubt your beer became substantially less aromatic when chilled, compared to room temperature. (Ice cold beer never has the same flavor or aroma profile as a beer served at temps appropriate for the style.)

With a proper pour and if allowed to sit for a few minutes (to warm slightly), the aroma should come back.
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Is there any reason I couldn't throw the bit of water and disolved geletin into the primary, stir that up a tad and let sit a few days and then rack off there? I normally don't do a secondary unless it's a big beer I want to age!

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Gelatin does not affect aroma. It is not an "aroma scrubber". It is totally flavor and aroma neutral and has no capacity to neutralize aroma.

No doubt your beer became substantially less aromatic when chilled, compared to room temperature. (Ice cold beer never has the same flavor or aroma profile as a beer served at temps appropriate for the style.)

With a proper pour and if allowed to sit for a few minutes (to warm slightly), the aroma should come back.
BM, I wouldn't have thought gelatin would effect aroma, however this IPA had that awesome massive hop aroma as I racked it to the keg, and absolutely nothing now. Gelatin is the only change to the process I've made.

I keep my kegerator at 40F and let half a pint sit to room temp last night. It still had zero hop aroma, and actually smelled malty. At this point I'll probably pop the keg and toss a few more oz of hops in to re-dry hop it.
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Seriously, Knox gelatin is the way to go.

Add it to a keg along with priming sugar and sit back and wait. Crystal clear and carbonated to my liking everytime.

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I read through the first dozen pages of this thread but could not find an answer to my particular question regarding adding gelatin to kegged beer. I have 6 kegs that I naturally carbonated with corn sugar several months ago. I placed the kegs in my attached garage that stays around 40F. I am wanting to know if adding gelatin to the kegs after they have been chilled for 24 hours will do any thing at this point in the process to clear the beer. Any thoughts?

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