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Old 04-19-2010, 06:38 AM   #1
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Default Using Gelatin When Racking Causes Too Much Foam

Anyone know how to prevent all the extra foam that appears when putting gelatin into the carboy? I wasted 2 litres of beer when transferring the lager, and its the same prob with the IPA too.

This is mys first time using gelatin, so I boiled 300mL of water, waited till it cooled to 160-170, stirred in the gelatin and looks good, then added in to the bottom of the carboy after 5 min (maybe 120F?). It foamed MUCH more than normal and with guests over and flies in my kitchen I just tossed the extra away

Now I've got the both containers of the IPA sitting open to wait for the foam to die. How can I avoid this? I can't cold crash as I don't have space...

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Old 04-19-2010, 09:11 AM   #2
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The one time I used gelatin (so far) I poured the gelatin solution into the 2ndary carboy a few days after I'd racked the beer. No foaming at all. I can't cold crash either.

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Oh thanks! I thought I had to stir it in and everything. Simple solution

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After some searching I found the way ppl like to do Gelatin is:

1) beer is almost ready to bottle
2) Beer is cold crashed...can just be in a plastic trash can filled with ice for 2 days
3) gelatin is added on top of cold beer, because it will float down picking up the chill haze as it works.

Give gelatin 24-48 hours

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Here is another discussion on the use of gelatin.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f13/gelatin-finings-53912/

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After some searching I found the way ppl like to do Gelatin is:

1) beer is almost ready to bottle
2) Beer is cold crashed...can just be in a plastic trash can filled with ice for 2 days
3) gelatin is added on top of cold beer, because it will float down picking up the chill haze as it works.

Give gelatin 24-48 hours
+1. However, I would give the gelatin 3 to 4 days. A homebrewer on the NB forum posted pix at 1,2 3, & 4 days. There was a visual difference between the 2nd & 3rd day in clarity.

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