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Old 02-02-2010, 03:04 PM   #1
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Default Gelatin guide; pictures!

So I went ahead with the gelatin in the following steps:

1) Heat 2 cup measuring cup up with filtered water up to 170 degrees
2) Add packet of knox supermarket gelatin to water
3) Important: STIR UNTIL COMPLETELY DISSOLVED
4) Allow water to cool to 120 degrees
5) Pour into secondary. I poured down the sides to try and evenly distribute the gelatin solution into the carboy. I then stirred the solution gently into the beer.
6) Put the carboy out in the garage to crash cool

Here are the results; one is my amber ale that I used gelatin in, the other is my belgian ale that I brewed the same day, but did not put gelatin in. Note that the belgian ale IS a bit darker but not by a whole lot and even with the SRM difference its obvious which one the gelatin was used it. Note the agave wheat bottle that I placed behind each to show the clarity. I apologize for the water spots on the glasses, we are out of jet dry

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Old 02-02-2010, 04:00 PM   #2
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Yup
That gelatin works real good -not too pricey either.
I usually mix into cold water sit for 20 min and then microwave to boil
I have tried both racking with full mix and simply dumping in the carboy with a little mixing (advantage that you don't need to rack again). Both methods work but if you do a full rack it will work faster. Also if your ambient temp is cooler it will settle faster.

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Do you need to cold crash when you use gelatin? Will it clear your beer at room temp?

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Do you need to cold crash when you use gelatin? Will it clear your beer at room temp?
Do not need to cold crash, it will still work. Cold crashing helps the process along.
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Correct me if I am wrong - but I was under the understanding - you only need a 1/2 package or LESS of gelatin in warm (clean) water and you DON'T want to boil the gelatin and water mixture, as "giligson" did in the microwave - as you will then create beer jello.

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Old 02-02-2010, 05:33 PM   #6
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Correct me if I am wrong - but I was under the understanding - you only need a 1/2 package or LESS of gelatin in warm (clean) water and you DON'T want to boil the gelatin and water mixture, as "giligson" did in the microwave - as you will then create beer jello.

See HBT Link: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f13/using-knox-gelatin-1st-time-95053/
I found that the whole packet worked well; I am now drinking it and its clear as can be. There was no order/leftover etc.

and yes, you are correct, BOILING is bad, you will get beer jello.
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Also, stirring is iffy, you risk oxidation.

I just dump mine into the keg, either before or after racking, (I don't secondary). It doesn't seem to matter which order I do it, (beer then gelatin, or gelatin then beer), and even without stirring my keg is clear in 3 days.

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I really need to try this for my next beer. Has anyone tried this with a dry hopped beer? I know that dry hopping will leave a little haze, but I wonder how much the gelatin will help. I will post pics when I try it.

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I really need to try this for my next beer. Has anyone tried this with a dry hopped beer? I know that dry hopping will leave a little haze, but I wonder how much the gelatin will help. I will post pics when I try it.

Eric
I do it with dry hopped beers all the time.

Works like a champ, (and as far as I can tell, no flavor/aroma/whatever is lost).
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Serendipitous timing... I was planning on tossing some gelatin into the alt I have going tonight. I have some of the economy-sized packets of Knox, though (left over from a failed jello shot experiment), so I don't think I'll need anything close to a whole packet!

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