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Old 02-10-2009, 10:41 PM   #1
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I've been using gelatin finnings to help clear my wine for quite some time and started using it for beer and I'm quite happy with the result. The beer clears much faster and I think has a nicer look to the finished product.. Anyways my question is can I use regular food grade gelatin or do I have to buy brewers gelatin? The reason I ask is that the home brew store charges and arm and a leg for a tiny container and the grocery store does not... I'm really not convinced there is a difference.


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Old 02-10-2009, 10:49 PM   #2
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I've been using gelatin finnings to help clear my wine for quite some time and started using it for beer and I'm quite happy with the result. The beer clears much faster and I think has a nicer look to the finished product.. Anyways my question is can I use regular food grade gelatin or do I have to buy brewers gelatin? The reason I ask is that the home brew store charges and arm and a leg for a tiny container and the grocery store does not... I'm really not convinced there is a difference.


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There is no difference. Just make sure not to pick up wild cherry flavored gelatin.


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Old 02-10-2009, 10:53 PM   #3
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There is no difference. Just make sure not to pick up wild cherry flavored gelatin.
What's wrong with cherry flavored gelatin? I think it adds character to my brews.
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Regular Knox brand unflavoured gelatin works fine for me when I use it.
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How much do you use in a batch?
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f13/gelatin-finings-53912/

Scroll down a little bit, then read BierMuncher's post. He details it very well.
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+1 on the Knox brand unflavoured. I missed using my irish moss last year on my IPA and the gelatine saved my ass and produced a nice clear beer. I definitely noticed a difference in the trub though, so when siphoning make sure to avoid sucking up any.
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A trick I came up with for not sucking up any trub is to put a small screw into the red nub on the bottom of the siphon hose... It lifts it up maybe an extra 1/4 inch but it makes quite a difference.
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A trick I came up with for not sucking up any trub is to put a small screw into the red nub on the bottom of the siphon hose... It lifts it up maybe an extra 1/4 inch but it makes quite a difference.
I just use a clothes pin. Then I can adjust according to how thick the trub is.

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I love Irish Moss, started to use Gelatin. what happens if you use both irish moss 10 min end of boil and gelatin in secondary. or is this too much clearing agents


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