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Old 08-30-2010, 08:43 PM   #1
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Default Adding gelatin to warm beer?

I've seen a lot of references to using gelatin or irish moss to clear up a beer. However, almost all the references suggest that you HAVE TO crash cool your beer first for the gelatin to have any effect.

I'm coming up to bottling day for one of my IPAs, and wanted to try clear it up a bit --- BUT, I dont have a cooler/fridge where I can crash cool my carboy.

Would there be ANY VALUE AT ALL to using gelatin when I cant cool my carboy down, or would it just be a waste of a box of gelatin?

I'm not worried so much about cool haze, but more just want to try get as much particulate matter out of the beer.



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Old 08-30-2010, 09:31 PM   #2
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Gelatin will work fine in warm beer. It works better with chilling as that will flocculate the remaining yeast and produce chill haze which the gelatin can then remove. The result will be clearer beer when it is served. I'd use it even if you can't chill as it will help clear your beer and it is very cheap.

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Yes it will work, it will just take about 4 times longer warm than it does chilling.

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What do you mean it will take 4 times longer? Longer for the gelatin to settle, or just longer than if the carboy were being chilled by itself?

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4 times longer for warm beer to clear than chilled beer with equal amount of gelatin added to each. All other things being equal, It kinda depends what is causing the haze however.

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To jump on this thread, asking for some clarification- The gelatin usually, from what I have read, does its work in 24 hours in a chilled beer. So if it is at room temp, it should take a few days? I myself am trying to figure this out, as I am planning on bottling this Saturday, but won't be able to do anything to the beer before Friday. I may get a large tub or trash can and make an ice, water and salt bath, put the carboy in there, add the gelatin and then bottle up the next day. Any problems doing it this way?



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