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Old 06-01-2010, 11:20 PM   #1
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Default Isinglass. Can someone break it down for me?

I have some Isinglass. Can someone who uses it give me the down and dirty on how to best utilize it. I read what I could find about this wonderful sounding fish byproduct but I still don't feel like I know exactly how to use it.

Any help would be appreciated. 3rd post in a row! Yeah it is a slow day at work.

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Old 06-01-2010, 11:26 PM   #2
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Never used it but have heard it's a PITA. A pack of unflavored gelatin from the supermarket is cheap, easy and effective.

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I've used isinglass in wine, but never in beer. I assume it'll work just fine, but I wouldn't add anything unless it was necessary. All of my beers eventually clear on their own, so I've never used finings in my beer except for Whirlfloc in the kettle.

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Old 06-01-2010, 11:59 PM   #4
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OK, sounds good.

The problem is not really a clarity issue but more of a clean tasting issue. Oh, and would whirlfloc or irish moss be worth a use in my extract brews?

Is it still the preferred method to make a gelatin mix and then rack on top of it in the bottling bucket? And do I do this at the same time as I add the priming sugar?

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You want to do the gelatin earlier and let it settle out before you bottle. That way you don't get a layer of yeast jello in the bottom of your bottles. The whole point is to clear it up before you bottle.

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