Clearing up beer - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Clearing up beer

Thread Tools
Old 02-10-2010, 09:27 PM   #1
Nov 2009
, Iowa
Posts: 137

I have read that you can use things like gelatin to clear up your beer. I was wondering what that would do to the carbonation? Doesn't some (if not all) the cloudiness come from the yeast suspended in the beer. I only bottle and not keg my beer using CO2 created when I add priming sugar to carb up my beer. Would I have to use carb tabs if I put gelatin in. also, I don't usually do a seconary fermintation.

Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-2010, 09:33 PM   #2
May 2007
Posts: 519
Liked 18 Times on 16 Posts

I wouldn't use gelatin if I were bottle conditioning.

Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-2010, 09:35 PM   #3
chromados's Avatar
Sep 2009
Fort Collins, CO
Posts: 378
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts

You can use Gelatin and still bottle, there should still be enough yeast in suspension to carbonate your bottle, but it may take a little longer.


Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-2010, 09:36 PM   #4
Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc
Revvy's Avatar
Dec 2007
"Detroitish" Michigan
Posts: 40,921
Liked 3198 Times on 1886 Posts

If you don't secondary, then how long are you leaving it in primary? I primary for a month, and besides the normal sediment needed in bottle conditioned beers in order to carb them, they are beautifully clear. Also the longer you leave them in the fridge the tighter that yeast cake will be and again, your beer will be extremely clear....

I've never added geletin to my beers to clear them, heck half the time I forget moss during brewing, but my beer is uber clear.
Like my snazzy new avatar? Get Sons of Zymurgy swag, here, and brew with the best.

Revvy's one of the cool reverends. He has a Harley and a t-shirt that says on the back "If you can read this, the bitch was Raptured. - Madman

I gotta tell ya, just between us girls, that Revvy is HOT. Very tall, gorgeous grey hair and a terrific smile. He's very good looking in person, with a charismatic personality... he drives like a ****ing maniac! - YooperBrew

Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-2010, 11:03 PM   #5
Jan 2009
Posts: 172
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts

Have to agree. Finings are a short cut but most beer will clear eventually. Had a bottle of Schneider hefeweizen in my fridge for a good while that I without thinking defaulted to homebrew pour for and got a practically clear pint!

Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-2010, 11:06 PM   #6
May 2007
San Diego, CA
Posts: 4,276
Liked 17 Times on 16 Posts

If you use gelatin to clear, you'll still have enough yeast for bottle conditioning. A lot of the haze that you're pulling out with gelatin comes from proteins, not yeast.

Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2010, 12:13 AM   #7
Apr 2009
Posts: 244
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Throw some irish moss in towards the end of the boil next time. I've been doing this for awhile now, and it helps alot. My first few beers were pretty cloudy even after been in the fridge for a couple weeks before being drank. But then I started using irish moss and they are getting pretty clear

Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2010, 08:47 AM   #8

Strange though it may sound, I've found that since I've been doing good water adjustments that my beers drop bright every time. I use 1.5 tsp of Irish Moss too, but the water correction is really what's made the difference with me. I primary for three weeks, then bottle. I drink one test bottle every week and even the first one after 7 days in the bottle is crystal clear, not even any chill haze. No finings, no filtering.

Can't remember the science behind the water correction thing, but I seem to distantly remember that it might be the calcium helping out with this. Anyone wanna step up on the science?

Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2010, 09:42 AM   #9
Nov 2009
Outside Chicago
Posts: 841

I bottle as well and have never used gelatin, but the time I used Irish Moss made a big difference in clarity over what I've seen before. So another vote for that.

How much sudz could a Sudz Chudz chugz, if a Sudz Chudz could chugz sudz?

Beer: It's a glassful of Happiness!

Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2010, 09:55 AM   #10
Registered User
May 2008
Westside..... CenCal - the country that'll never take away my guns or money !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posts: 3,865
Liked 13 Times on 13 Posts

time/ or cold temps clear bear the el-natural way.. i've never used any fining aside from gravity.

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Clearing the beer kip Bottling/Kegging 1 12-23-2008 03:01 AM
Clearing Beer Terry08 General Techniques 15 07-03-2008 12:09 AM
Clearing beer in secondary doublegun General Techniques 4 12-14-2007 10:46 AM
Clearing up a fruit beer MightyTaco Extract Brewing 1 05-30-2006 09:43 PM
Beer clearing voodoochild7 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 10-31-2005 02:47 PM

Forum Jump