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Old 08-16-2009, 12:24 AM   #1
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Default Gelatin actually suppose to look like ... gelatin?

I did a bunch of reading this morning about gelatin. Went to the LHBS and picked some up. Looked like DME. Followed BeirMuncher's technique to preparing it. Once I cool it it actually looked like gelatin. Kinda freaked me out. I remember reading a post this morning where someone had done it wrong and had bits of gelatin in all his glasses.

So ... is it suppose to look like that or did I just visually ruin my pale ale?


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Old 08-16-2009, 02:21 PM   #2
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anybody have any idea what gelatin is suppose to look like? am I the first person to ever use gelatin?!


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anybody have any idea what gelatin is suppose to look like? am I the first person to ever use gelatin?!
Are you asking if gelatin is supposed to look like jello once it cools? If so, the answer is yes.

Now, if you added said jello to your beer cold, then you screwed the pooch. The gelatin solution should be added above 100F, otherwise you're just adding jello to beer with no positive effects...
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Are you asking if gelatin is supposed to look like jello once it cools? If so, the answer is yes.

Now, if you added said jello to your beer cold, then you screwed the pooch. The gelatin solution should be added above 100F, otherwise you're just adding jello to beer with no positive effects...
Damn, maybe that's what he meant by "cool slighty" I had it down to about 70F.

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I use a tablespoon per five gallon batch.

Mix it with hot tap water in a sauce pot, about 1 cup of water per tablespoon.

Stir it up and let it sit for 20-30 minutes to hydrate and bloom.

Put the pot on the stove and heat until it looks like it’s about to start boiling…don’t boil.

Cool slightly (I put my pot in a cold water bath).

Add it (gently) to the secondary (or keg) as you’re racking your beer.
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FYI for the next time you buy it, you can usually find unflavored gelatin much cheaper at your local grocery store.
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FYI for the next time you buy it, you can usually find unflavored gelatin much cheaper at your local grocery store.
Well, I work at the LHBS, so it was free. But thanks for the heads up!
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So you are supposed to add 100 degree gelatin to your 65 degree secondary or keg?
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Yes, the relative thermal mass of gelatin solution that you mix into a 5 gallon batch is negligible.
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Yes, the relative thermal mass of gelatin solution that you mix into a 5 gallon batch is negligible.
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Does the technique really matter??? I'm curious.

I do this.
  1. I boil about one cup of water add one knox gelatin packet ~ tablespoon.
  2. Stir in the gelatin until is completely dissolved.
  3. Add the solution to a sanitized keg.
  4. Siphon beer onto hot solution in the keg.
  5. Install the keg cover and add CO2 & vent, repeat CO2/venting 4x.
  6. Chill immediately


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