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Old 11-21-2010, 11:14 PM   #21
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wait, so does clearing with gelatin only work if...

A) you have the ability to cold crash

and or

B) plan to keg


Does it not work for bottle conditioned brews?

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Old 11-22-2010, 04:29 PM   #22
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wait, so does clearing with gelatin only work if...

A) you have the ability to cold crash

and or

B) plan to keg


Does it not work for bottle conditioned brews?
A) I didn't cold crash my first gelatined batch I poured some in at 66F or so in my Kolsch, it did cleared up within a week, crystal clear beer. The only problem was chill haze. As soon as I chilled down to serving temp I had dreaded chill haze. So I imagine its not mandatory but beneficial to cold crash before

B) You can use gelatin in secondary or primary
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Old 11-22-2010, 08:15 PM   #23
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thanks. but I still can't seem to get a hold on wether or not it will work for bottle conditioned beers.

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thanks. but I still can't seem to get a hold on wether or not it will work for bottle conditioned beers.
If you mean "will it the beer be clear", then yes. If you mean "will the beers carbonate in the bottles after clearing by gelatin", then yes.
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Old 11-23-2010, 05:47 AM   #25
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If you mean "will it the beer be clear", then yes. If you mean "will the beers carbonate in the bottles after clearing by gelatin", then yes.
haha, yes. I was really only worried about the second part,... wether or not there would be enough yeast left in suspension to bottle carb.

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When you add the gelatin do you have to stir or swirl the beer? I would imagine that it would be heavier and sink to the bottom of the beer without grabbing the stuff on its way down.

I am looking at adding gelatin to a mead I am planning to carbonate in champagne bottles for new years, just to clear it up. I was thinking about racking it onto gelatin in a secondary for a week and then bottling in champange bottles., but if I can just add to the fermenter now without disturbing it and then bottle from there, that would be great.

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When you add the gelatin do you have to stir or swirl the beer? I would imagine that it would be heavier and sink to the bottom of the beer without grabbing the stuff on its way down.

I am looking at adding gelatin to a mead I am planning to carbonate in champagne bottles for new years, just to clear it up. I was thinking about racking it onto gelatin in a secondary for a week and then bottling in champange bottles., but if I can just add to the fermenter now without disturbing it and then bottle from there, that would be great.
the only time I would not add gelatin to primary its when I wash/reuse yeast
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When you add the gelatin do you have to stir or swirl the beer? I would imagine that it would be heavier and sink to the bottom of the beer without grabbing the stuff on its way down.
I added mine while the mixture was still around 120F, I think the higher temperature will cause it to start at the top and work its way though. I didn't stir or swirl my beer except when moving the carboy from the closet to the kitchen to add the gelatin. Beer cleared up nice at fermentation temperatures, took about three week for my 22oz's to carbonate. That may be due to the temperature of my house though.
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A) I didn't cold crash my first gelatined batch I poured some in at 66F or so in my Kolsch, it did cleared up within a week, crystal clear beer. The only problem was chill haze. As soon as I chilled down to serving temp I had dreaded chill haze. So I imagine its not mandatory but beneficial to cold crash before

B) You can use gelatin in secondary or primary
Makes sense.

I have started using gelatin recently and have done so about 6 times now. I add it (using BM's instructions) into the 2ndary where my temps are usually 62-65 ambient. Some of my beers came out crystal clear while others do not due to chill haze. I had one BMC type light beer that looked like a wheat beer (Blue Moonish) and wouldn't clear even when brought back to room temp in a glass. Not sure what happened there.

Next time I will add it to a secondary and place in temps below 40 to see if that makes a more consistent clear beer.
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I just put some gelatin into a keg and have let it sit in my kegerator for a few days. Is it necessary to rack into a new keg to prevent the gelatin from plugging up the diptube or is this not usually a problem?
No need. First pint should remove most of the fallout. However, try not to move it around after that. If you do, just allow it time to re-settle before use (if possible) and then you may get some more fallout on your first pull.
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