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Old 01-09-2013, 10:54 PM   #1
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This is my 2nd year doing lagers and I'm getting close to kegging my lagers. I'm looking to make them clear, aside from lagering 2-3 months.
What's the safest way to use gelatin. I may be bottling some of my lagers due to a keg shortage (I only have 7 cornies).
Can someone steer me in the right direction?

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The best way to use gelatin is to make grape jelly. Then use Biofine to clear your beer.

I have used gelatin a number of times. Half a teaspoon to a teaspoon in 4 oz of cold water in a pot. Let bloom for 15 minutes then heat to 170 for 5 minutes (stir as much as you like while heating. Don't boil it). Add to beer (usually cold for me but should work either way). Usually works within a couple of days.

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I've been using gelatin for my last 12 or so batches and they all come out pretty clear on the from the first bottle I pour. They even get clearer as time goes on. The way I do it is to use a whole tsp instead of the half that the bottle recommends, let bloom in cold water for an hour, heat to 170ish to dissolve. I then cool the solution and add it to my bottling bucket along with the priming solution. Here is my typical result.

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FYI if you're bottling your lagers, I think you might want to keg them, carbonate them, and then bottle off the keg. That way you can avoid the issue of adding yeast and sugar, and potentially hurting the very clarity that you were trying to obtain.

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I've been using gelatin for my last 12 or so batches and they all come out pretty clear on the from the first bottle I pour. They even get clearer as time goes on. The way I do it is to use a whole tsp instead of the half that the bottle recommends, let bloom in cold water for an hour, heat to 170ish to dissolve. I then cool the solution and add it to my bottling bucket along with the priming solution. Here is my typical result.
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FYI if you're bottling your lagers, I think you might want to keg them, carbonate them, and then bottle off the keg. That way you can avoid the issue of adding yeast and sugar, and potentially hurting the very clarity that you were trying to obtain.

Just a thought.
Will I have any issues bottle conditioning due to yeast falling out of suspension?
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I heat the water first in the microwave and then let it cool to 160 add the gelatin at stir. let it sit for about 2o minutes then add to cold beer. It work better when the beer is cold. I heat the water first so I know the temp is on the way down when it reads 160. That way you dont risk having clumps of beer jelly in the bottom of bottles or kegs.

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