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Old 06-18-2010, 12:25 AM   #1
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Can anyone tell me exactly how gelatin clarifies beer and what the proper procedure is for using it?


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Old 06-18-2010, 12:43 AM   #2
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Old 06-18-2010, 01:38 AM   #3
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Yea, I'm doing a long primary (5 weeks) with a cream ale. When do you think I should add the gelatin?
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Old 06-18-2010, 02:35 AM   #4
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Now. It should be done at this point. I would add the finings and cold crash for 72 hours then keg or bottle.

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K thanks for the advice, I'm pumped. Can't wait to see how clear it turns out!
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Old 06-18-2010, 03:49 AM   #6
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as a guy who used irish moss for his first year of brewing i gotta say i'm much more impressed with Gelatin whne i finally got around to using it.
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Old 06-18-2010, 01:42 PM   #7
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There really is no wrong way of using gelatin as long as you cold crash.

When I'm doing it, I cold crash for 2 days, remove it from the fridge and add the gelatin. Haven't had any problems doing it that way. But a case can be made of adding the gelatin and then cold crashing.

In any event, cold crashing is a must to get the full effect of the gelatin.
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so can I rack my beer with fruit at the same time I rack with gelatin for two weeks and then bottle carb for three weeks?
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I've only used gelatin once, and in my opinion, with a good cold/hot break paired with some Irish moss, you don't really need the stuff. Although it adds no flavor, I prefer to make my beers with the most minimal ingredients.
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so can I rack my beer with fruit at the same time I rack with gelatin for two weeks and then bottle carb for three weeks?
I wouldn't add fruit and gelatin at the same time as the fruit will restart fermentation


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