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Old 07-27-2009, 10:35 PM   #1
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I had a bad stuck sparge and ended up separating the wort from the grains with a strainer. As a result I have the the cloudiest finished beer that I've ever experienced. The taste, however, is mighty fine. Now with three days before I bottle, I'm wondering if I should put a tablespoon of gelatin (appropriately dissolved) into the secondary and crank down the temperature to try and clear it up. Will this adversely affect the taste?

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Old 07-27-2009, 10:41 PM   #2
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No effect on taste. I would do it, but then I do it to everything. I always wait a week after I add it though. I once watched it closely and I could see the line of clarification move down the beer... took a week.

Make sure you mix the gelatin into warm, NOT BOILING, water. Boil the water first, to ensure sterility.

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Old 07-27-2009, 11:23 PM   #3
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I would just drop the temp. and give it a little more time.
If it doesn't clear up after that then add finings, but in my experiences nothing works better than cold temps. and time.
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Gelatin is more of a yeast fining since the primary component is collagen (like isinglass). The best fining for chill haze is Polyclar as it removes polyphenols (chill haze) without affecting foam stability.
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