I am using finings for the first time at the recommendation of the fellow homebrewer who sent me the yeast strain I used for my Gratzer. I introduced isinglass to cold (35) beer in secondary then let it rise a bit and lots of yeast dropped out. So far so good. I've still got a LOT of haze. More cloudy than hazy. (Like halfway to wit or a yeasty hef.) I know that the order in which finings are used matters sometimes. Would polyclar + SiO2 (kieselsol) added now cause a problem, or will it settle out normally? I've read stories about the incorrect order causing clearing to take a long time.
To save everyone time on the inevitable technique pointers (a common theme in threads about finings):
- It's 100% Weyermann smoked wheat.
- It got a protein rest at 125, then sacc rests at 150 and 158, and mashed out at 167.
- Iodine test was negative.
- Sparged very slowly w/ 170 water, and stopped running out at 1.010.
- Whirlfloc in the boil.
- Ran out through a 30-plate chiller and got tons of cold break.
- Racked to secondary at terminal gravity, cold crashed, added cold stir plate-dissolved isinglass (Biofine) at the dosage recommended by the manufacturer. 48+ hours have elapsed since.
- I don't have time to cold condition much - this is being tapped at a festival in one week.
So that said, this is my only remedy. Or I can just let it be. I would like to know about the sequencing of finings though. Thanks for any help!