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Old 10-29-2011, 01:19 AM   #1
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BLUF - Using Knox Gelatin, I want to clear the 5 gals of beer in a corny keg I'm currently force carbonating. I also want to clear 5 gals of beer I racked into the secondary fermenter 2 days ago. When and how should I proceed with both?

I was browsing the store and spotted some Knox gelatin and decided to get some to clarify my beer. I've already kegged a batch and it's already got CO2 pumping into it. The other batch was just racked to my secondary.

Here's what I'm thinking I should do:
1. Boil 2 cups of water then cool it to my carboy temp.
2. Add the gelatin packet, stir, and let it sit for 15 mins.
3. Pitch half of my concoction into my carboy and half into my keg.

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Old 10-29-2011, 01:22 AM   #2
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Do a search for Knox gelatin. One packet is way overkill. I've used 1/2 tsp and it worked great.

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1/2 tsp is enough for 5 gallons.

Take 1 cup of cold water, put in saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin over the cold water, and slowly heat to about 180F, but do not boil. (That would harden the gelatin).

You can cool it before putting it in the keg, but I don't.

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1/2 tsp is enough for 5 gallons.

Take 1 cup of cold water, put in saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin over the cold water, and slowly heat to about 180F, but do not boil. (That would harden the gelatin).

You can cool it before putting it in the keg, but I don't.

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I can put it in the keg from which I'll be drinking?
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Yes, put it in serving keg. It will settle to the bottom and grab all suspended yeast with it. Make sure you chill the keg prior. First pint or two will be cloudy and chunky, after that, you golden!

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The beermaking book I have states this. "To fine your beer, wait until fermentation has largely waned and the beer is very close to finishing gravity. Stir 2 teaspoons of unflavored gelatin into a cup of cool water, let soak for 30 min, and then heat to 180F before stirring into the beer.(ideally place the beer in a secondary fermenter). Let the gelatin settle for 3 days before bottling in the normal manner."

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I can put it in the keg from which I'll be drinking?
Myself, I put it at the bottom of the keg before racking the beer on top. But apparently adding it on top work too.

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Myself, I put it at the bottom of the keg before racking the beer on top. But apparently adding it on top work too.
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Considering how finings are supposed to work, I would think adding them to the top of the volume would always be the way to go...

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Considering how finings are supposed to work, I would think adding them to the top of the volume would always be the way to go...

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I've had great results doing it from the bottom. I've never tried from the top so I can't comment on that.

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Instead of adding the gelatin and then heating the mixure. I nuke a measuring cup full of water then put the thermometer in it and wait until it reached 160 degrees then at the gelatin stir and wait 15 minutes. By doing it this way you never over heat and gelatinize the gelatine, because you add it when the temp is going down, not up.

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