My tripel was looking particularly cloudy, even after I thought I had reached FG. So, when I transferred it to secondary, I thought I’d throw in a little gelatin to clear things up.
Boy did it ever! 12 hours later it dropped like a rock. There’s a thicker layer of sediment at the bottom in the secondary than there was in the primary! (So much for getting it off the yeast sediment.)
I’m wondering what this means for the beer in terms of aging. My understanding is that filtered beers don’t really ‘age’ – they just get old
. But is fining with gelatin similar to filtering in that regard? I had planned to let the tripel age in secondary (@ ~64 F) 6-8 weeks to let it mellow out before kegging… but now am wondering if that extended time will help or hurt my beer now that it’s turned clear as a bell.
Also, does gelatin yank out the yeast so hard it stops working? As I said above, I thought
I had reached FG – but later discovered that my hydrometer was reading 3 pts too high -
- so the beer might have had a few more points to chew on. But I fear I killed my chances of that with the addition of gelatin.