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View Poll Results: What fining agent(s) do you primarily use
Irish Moss 25 58.14%
Whirlfloc 22 51.16%
Gelatin 9 20.93%
Isinglass 2 4.65%
Polyclar 2 4.65%
Sparkolloid 0 0%
White Labs - Clarity Ferm 1 2.33%
Biofine 0 0%
Super-kleer KC finings 1 2.33%
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:19 AM   #1
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Hey guys, just a poll to see what the most popular ones are (besides irish moss and whirlfloc). And any posts with tips on how/when/what combination you use would be helpful too.



 
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:23 AM   #2
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I've been using some gelatin and it works Ok but kind of slow. Also, Sparkelloid works great for clearing wine, cider, or FRUIT BEER. I found that out recently after using gelatin to try to clear an apricot ale I brewed. Cold crashed for 2 weeks, haze persisted. Used some Sparkelloid and everything dropped in a couple days.



 
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:29 AM   #3
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Any tips on what to use in my Cream Ale? Brewed with DME, Caramel, Lactose, and Vanilla Extract, then pitched White Labs Kolsch WLP029.

 
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:32 AM   #4
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wirlfloc for my pumpkin batches. Nothing for everything else.

 
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:38 AM   #5
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I have had success with isinglass used 3 days prior to pumping into the keg.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:59 AM   #6
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Can fining agents do any harm? Some posts I've read said they can take too much yeast out and make it so bottles won't carb up. It's that true? Any thing else I have to worry about?

 
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:24 PM   #8
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Can fining agents do any harm? Some posts I've read said they can take too much yeast out and make it so bottles won't carb up. It's that true? Any thing else I have to worry about?
No, that's not true. It may pull some excess yeast out of suspension, but certainly not enough to impact carbonation.
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:29 PM   #9
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I'm with you Yooper. No reason to resort to Fish bladder and Animal gelatin when other products work very well and are also quite cheap. Though time, patience, and gravity also work wonders. Go figure!?

 
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:41 PM   #10
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Irish moss mostly for me but have used Whirlfloc too. Otherwise I just use time and patience to get it to clear. Well, along with good flocculation rated yeast that is. The basement where I'm living now is in the 58-62F range. Will see what it is during the winter months.


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