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Old 01-07-2006, 09:40 PM   #1
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I heard that you can use knox gelatin to clear beer/cider in the secondary..
Any instructions?

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Old 01-08-2006, 12:17 AM   #2
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Gelatin, or gelatine, for the British crowd, is used for fining, much like other products like isinglass. The idea being that these things will grab suspended proteins and sediment out. What I do not know is if you need to treat them in any special way or what... you'd hate to make beer Jell-o.... or rather, hate to make it unintenionally!

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I use bulk gelatin. 15grams for 5 US gal.

Boil water,remove from heat, add gelatin, stirring till disolved, throw in carboy. Give carboy a slight swirl.

MUCH cheaper than buying gelatin from spangals, etc.

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Isinglass finings are cheap, and apparently much better (I used it for my first few batches, but don't bother now; I'm only worrying about taste at the moment, not appearance).

A few dollars should get you enough isinglass to fine 5-6 brews.

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Bentonite is also a very good clearing agent. Not made from fish either, which is a bonus.

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isinglas can be tricky to prepare.

There's also Kieselsol & Chitosan.

Some finings are positively charged, others negitive. They pull out dif things and can be used with each other, though best to add at diff times.

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isinglas can be tricky to prepare.
Mine was in a little bottle. You mixed a couple of teaspoons worth with a cup of brew, then poured the whole lot back into the fermenter.

I didn't make it from the fish myself!!
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Bentonite is also a very good....
I think some of my Father's ancesters were Bentonites, but they eventually converted and became Baptists.
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