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Old 04-06-2012, 11:37 PM   #1
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OK, so I made a Brewer's Best Witbier, and everything was going great. Fermented down to the prescribed final gravity, smelled great, sample tasted decent after 2 weeks in the primary.

Then came the black death. I racked to a secondary carboy (brand new, but I washed with Oxy clean, then sanitized).

Then I added 1/2 teaspoon of gelatin. As directed on the package, I added the gelatin to a pan of 1 cup water, let sit for 1 hour, then brought TO a boil and stopped, cooled, and funneled into the carboy. After perusing the forums, I learned you aren't supposed to boil the gelatin, but the package originally said so.

When I woke up in the morning, the carboy was VERY dark (blackish). I'm going to Europe tomorrow, so I'm just going to leave it for 2 weeks and relax (not SUPER worried).

Also, I understand WitBiers are probably supposed to be cloudy, and I understand some people are against secondaries. So please don't hammer me on those 2 topics. I wanted to free up my primary vessel, and my first beer was uber cloudy, so I wanted to try out the gelatin.

Any idea what this could be? Thanks a lot guys, I appreciate the help (for this issue and weeks of answers I've found by simply searching the site)


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Old 04-06-2012, 11:42 PM   #2
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I've attached pictures of the beer after racking, and then what I found in the morning after the gelatin took hold. In the 3rd picture, you can see little blobs, those look to be pieces of gelatin.

I just poured it in. Was I supposed to stir or anything? I wouldn't want to oxidize...


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Old 04-06-2012, 11:48 PM   #3
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It's darker, that's for sure! But that's because the gelatin "grabbed" floating particles (yeast) which are white and make the beer look lighter. Since it's now clear, the beer will look darker.

To really see the color of the beer, sanitize a wine thief or turkey baster or something, and take out a sample and put it in a glass. You'll see that the beer isn't black!
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:51 PM   #4
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What the rusty f...

That's something I've not seen before. Post a picture of whatever you put in there. The Jar of gelatin and a heaping teaspoon of the contents.

EDIT: Is this a case of bad lighting? Is it as dark as it looks in the picture?
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Old 04-07-2012, 12:20 AM   #5
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I'll post in a minute. It is partially bad lighting, as when I take it out, its not AS bad. But it is definitely something I have not seen before, and it is definitely still DARK brown.
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Old 04-07-2012, 12:32 AM   #6
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1st two were just taken. It seems to be lightening at the bottom. Anxious to see what it looks like when I get back from my trip. Hopefully it isn't stripping the light from my beer and thats why its lighter at the bottom... haha.
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Honestly, the flash from my camera made this look a lot lighter than it does to the naked eye as well.
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Like yooper said, it's just darker because the yeast is falling out. It will be much lighter in t he glass.

Don't worry.
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Wow - never before seen the likes. Please keep us updated when you return.
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Did you use grape gelatin? Thats not " dropping out yeast"!


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