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Old 06-04-2007, 11:51 PM   #1
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Has anyone had good results using Polyclar for bottle conditioned beer?

The reason I'm asking is the product claims to remove both polyphenols and yeast from suspension. I just want to be sure it doesn't remove all the yeast.

I searched and found some positive feedback on Polyclar, but nothing that addresses any effect on carbonation.

I'd rather have hazy beer with bubbles than crystal clear flat beer.


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Old 06-05-2007, 03:52 AM   #2
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I bought some Polyclar and used it once. I couldn't get it to dissolve. I went back to isinglass.


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Old 06-05-2007, 11:22 AM   #3
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Polyclar does not dissolve. It is actually tiny pieces of plastic that are "charged" and attract the floaty bits(yes, that is the technical term ) that are making beer cloudy. I used polyclar once and said I would never do it again. I had really crappy carbonation after bottle conditioning, just the problem you were thinking you would have.



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I had the same question about gelatin. I was told to slightly shake (turn upside down twice) every day for the first 7 days.
This would ensure the yeast stay in suspension so they could eat some sugar and carbonate the beer.
After one week, refrigerate them and leave for 2 weeks.
Results were crystal clear beer, and was carbonated
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Old 06-05-2007, 01:31 PM   #5
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I had the same question about Sparkalloid which I was planning on using for my cider.

Worst case scenario, it doesn't carb, you add some carb tabs after 2 or 3 weeks, and make a mental note to add a packet of high-flocculation yeast at bottling time... just like the pro microbreweries do.
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Thanks for the replies.

I'm starting to think I'll just live with some chill haze, seems like more work than I hoped.
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Thanks for the replies.

I'm starting to think I'll just live with some chill haze, seems like more work than I hoped.
Use isinglass. It's easy and it works. Just don't tell anyone there is fish guts in your beer.
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I'll give it a try, Bender.
Thanks for the input
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I had the same question about Sparkalloid which I was planning on using for my cider.

Worst case scenario, it doesn't carb, you add some carb tabs after 2 or 3 weeks, and make a mental note to add a packet of high-flocculation yeast at bottling time... just like the pro microbreweries do.

I used to use sparkolid all the time. It should leave enough yeast for carbonation. As with any fining charged to remove yeast, you may need a longer carb time. Actually, I can't remember whether sparkelloid is positive or negative charge.


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