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y2jrock60 10-04-2012 03:55 AM

Do I need to stir the Gelatine?
I'm getting ready to add gelatine to my beer for the first time. It's an Altbier that has been sitting in the fridge for a few weeks. I plan on adding the gelatine 3 days prior to bottling, but I'm not sure if I need to stir or shake the carboy when adding. There is already a nice buildup of sediment at the bottom, but I want this beer to be really clear.

Do I just pour the gelatine into the carboy without any agitation or do I shake/stir the gelatine mixture into the beer? I've been reading a number of threads on preparing the mixture but none seem to answer this question.

kylevester 10-04-2012 04:12 AM

First, let's make sure we're adding it with the overall correct procedure.

Make sure to bloom the gelatin in a small amount of water and make sure not to boil the water. How I typically do gelatin is add a little water to either a sauce pan or a ramekin and then heat over the stove or the microwave gently til it's 100 or so deg F. Sprinkle the gelatin in and then continue heating and stirring until clear. Kill the heat and let cool to room temp by placing the pan in a sink with water and changing it out every 10 minutes.

When I add, it's when I'm transferring, however we can also add it to an existing carboy.

Rule number one though is NO SHAKING! You'll oxygenate the beer.

You may need two people to pull this off. Use something to very gently stir the beer no more than halfway down the carboy. Then slowly add the gelatin mixture with a funnel, a baster, a syringe, or something else so long it's sanitized. I cannot stress enough the need for stirring gently, you just want to see the liquid moving, no eddys or bubbles.

Before you add it, take a sample and see how clear it looks. You may not even need it if it's been in a fridge for a few weeks.

Cellarbrau 10-04-2012 04:22 AM

I used to add gelatin to the bottling bucket along with the priming sugar and had good results.

kylevester 10-04-2012 04:29 AM


Originally Posted by Cellarbrau (Post 4468517)
I used to add gelatin to the bottling bucket along with the priming sugar and had good results.

Yeah, if you bottle, do this. The yeast will still eat the sugar and the gelatin will help them settle very well.

If you keg, add at the transfer to the keg but be aware you may clog the diptube, I speak from experience. Be sure to transfer with a nylon bag in case you kick up any sediment.

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