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Old 04-30-2013, 12:18 PM   #1
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So up to now the only clearing method I have been using is patience. Unfortunately my most recent brew is out waiting me in the cloudy department. 2 weeks primary and almost 2 weeks now in secondary and it is cloudy as all get out. I am thinking Gelatin but wanted to see if I was missing any alternatives.
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:24 PM   #2
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i think there is a Gelatin post "How-To" on here somewhere. I've done it before and has worked pretty well.
be sure to cold crash it with the gelatin to maximize its results.

i've recently purchased a Super-Kleer package ( 2 or so bucks ) at the HBS, haven't tried yet, but i can't wait to split a batch and test it out. but thats another alternative.


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Old 04-30-2013, 12:27 PM   #3
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For gelatin to be most effective, you must be able to cold-crash the beer first. But if you can, then the combination is very effective.
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:28 PM   #4
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Isinglass works well. If you buy the traditional form it takes a bit of work to get it ready to pitch, but most HBSs carry the ready to use variety. I've used it on various beers with differing results.
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If you can cold crash, that will help you immensely, and it won't have any impact on bottle conditioning, if that's what you do. I have a friend who cannot cold crash and uses gelatin-- it works surprisingly well! Secondary isn't really going to help clear your beer any more than leaving it in primary longer. My typical process: 10 day primary, 2-4 day cold crash, rack to keg, place in keezer on gas for 5+ days, start drinking... it's usually pretty clear by this point.

Another option is to use a more flocculant yeast- S-04 fermented cool (64˚) will clear right up for you.

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Awesome thanks for the quick response folks. I can't cold crash until after its kegged is that going to cause me any grief. Seems some people are putting it right in the keg but I have read others saying it leaves a thick difficult to clean mess at the bottom. Although at this point that may be preferable to the cloud.

Will definitely look into Isinglass and Super-Kleer.


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