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Old 11-19-2010, 01:04 PM   #1
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I brewed a pumkin porter and forced kegged after one month in fermenter.
Brew is extremely cloudly. Would gelatin help. Can I add it directly to keg or should I move beer to secondary then add gelatin and set in secondary for how many days? Help

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Old 11-19-2010, 01:58 PM   #2
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Homebrewed pumpkin beers are usually at least somewhat cloudy from the pumpkin starches and the vegetable matter. If the cloudiness offends you, I would suggest fining, either in the secondary or in a keg with a cut diptube. I am not sure how effective gelatin will be on "pumpkin haze". Give it a shot, and if it doesn't work, you can always re-fine with something else.

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I forgot - you can also add some amylase to convert some of the starches into sugars, which will change the flavor somewhat, but should also clear up the starch haze.

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Gelatin will help in the keg, but obviously all the sediment will remain in the keg. Not a big deal if you don't move the keg around.

I had an Irish Red that was pretty cloudy in the keg, so I used gelatin and it was great. When I finally cleaned the keg out, it was NASTY sludgy on the bottom. But clear beer is nice!

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crash cooling the keg might help some too, just purge the fallout in a separate glass the first time you wanna drink from the keg.

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