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Old 01-17-2011, 01:19 PM   #1
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Sorry, I can't post pictures but I used gelatin for the first time a blonde ale.
I soaked 3/4 a packet of gelatin in 1.5 cups of luke warm water for 5 mins. I then brought the solution to about 170 degrees and let sit for 15-20 mins. Finally, I poured the solution my keg and pressurized.

I have no patience and poured a beer 24 hours later. After the sediment poured off (about 12 oz.), I had very, very clear beer. This is the clearest beer i have brewed and it really adds a professional look.

Note: I had great hot and and cold breaks, and used whirfloc, however, my beer still suffers from chill haze (which is why I used gelatin)

Also, this beer is 20 days old.

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Old 01-17-2011, 01:35 PM   #2
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nice. i think i'm going to try this

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Old 01-17-2011, 01:48 PM   #3
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Same here. Use gelatin for the first time on a Lagunitas Brown Shugga clone and I can't believe how clear it is.

I put a full packet in cold tap water and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then I heated in the microwave for a minute, never boiling and added to my keg when it cooled a bit.

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Old 01-17-2011, 02:33 PM   #4
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we've also had great result using gelatin in our last few batches.

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Sorry but not a fan of animal by-products in my brew when it can be avoided. Why not just wait a week and then the keg will clear on its own???

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Old 01-17-2011, 06:20 PM   #6
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Sorry but not a fan of animal by-products in my brew when it can be avoided. Why not just wait a week and then the keg will clear on its own???
Sometimes chill haze never clears. I have had beers in the fridge for 2months that are still hazy. If you don't like using the gelatin then because of it being animal product try using biofine.
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Old 01-17-2011, 06:29 PM   #7
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I used Knox gelatin for my last Belgium I bottled and ended up with "gel floaters" in my beer. Does the beer need to be ice cold to prevent this? Does the gelatin need to be refridgerated first like Jello?

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Old 01-17-2011, 06:34 PM   #8
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Just hoofed up a batch of porter. I can't wait to see if I f***ed it up or not. I brought a cup or so of water up to 170° and dissolved the gelatin. Ice bath then poured in the cornie.

Animal products? Heck, I'd fin with bacon if it didn't make the beer taste so awesome.

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Gelatin is great!!!!! I just take about 1Tbs per 5 gallons and let it hydrate/bloom with about 1 cup of water for 15-20 min. Then i heat it on medium heat up to about 175 f (boiling will denature the proteins and render it ineffective). Next i cool it in an ice bath and add it to my empty secondary fermenter and rack my beer into it. Will be super clear within 3 days and even clearer with cold crashing.

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Old 01-17-2011, 08:50 PM   #10
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Sorry but not a fan of animal by-products in my brew when it can be avoided. Why not just wait a week and then the keg will clear on its own???
strictly speaking the gelatin settles out and doesnt end up in the finished product.

Personally I havent had a batch yet that wasnt crystal clear with nothing more than time and whirlfloc
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