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Old 12-22-2009, 12:41 AM   #1
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Default Gelatin is no joke!

I have been battling cloudy beer for most of the year. The only thing that has really seemed to work for me is really extended cold crashing. Basically if I could let it go for 2 months it would clear.

Just used gelatin on a batch of BM's Cream of 3 Crops, oh man, that stuff is amazing. I could see straight through that carboy! Just was really impressed and wanted to share how well gelatin works if your having the same problems. I am...a believer!

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Old 12-22-2009, 12:45 AM   #2
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How did you use it?

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Old 12-22-2009, 01:16 AM   #3
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I used one teaspoon of gelatin and brought it to about 200 degrees with 2 cups of water to rehydrate it. It is evidently rather important not to boil the gelatin as it breaks down its ability to coagulate. Then as I was siphoning from the primary into secondary, I used a funnel and slowly poured in the gelatin solution as the beer siphoned over.

I left the gelatin in the secondary for about 5 days and could literally see the features of my hand from the other side. I believe you can achieve very good results after about 5 days however. Its really not alot of trouble to have a beer that is absolutely transluscent to serve to a crowd.

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Old 12-22-2009, 01:20 AM   #4
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Gelatin is amazing! I cant believe I went 2+ years without using it

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Old 12-22-2009, 11:37 AM   #5
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Do you cold crash in conjunction with the gelatin? And does gelatin work on chill haze?

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Old 12-22-2009, 12:06 PM   #6
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I too just joined the gelatin bandwagon. However, I put it in the carboy then rack on top of it. 48 hours and my beer was crystal clear.

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Old 12-22-2009, 05:16 PM   #7
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Do you cold crash in conjunction with the gelatin? And does gelatin work on chill haze?
I had little success with gelatin at "room temps" I had much better success at lager temps.
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Do you cold crash in conjunction with the gelatin? And does gelatin work on chill haze?
I didn't need to cold crash--my basement is at 60 degrees right now and it was clear in 48 hours. It didn't help with chill haze but that went away after the keg was in the fridge for a week.
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Old 12-22-2009, 07:35 PM   #9
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Are you just using regular unflavored gelatin that you can get at the grocery store?

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Old 12-22-2009, 07:44 PM   #10
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Pictures...Or else it didn't happen...

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