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Old 06-19-2008, 12:59 PM   #31
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Hi all -

Would you advise against adding gelatin to my keg of recently force-carbed beer?

I racked to the keg this past Monday, let it sit under 30psi for two days, and now lowered to serving pressure. My beer isn't very clear, so I'm thinking I might throw in some gelatin.

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Old 06-19-2008, 01:31 PM   #32
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Hi all -

Would you advise against adding gelatin to my keg of recently force-carbed beer?

I racked to the keg this past Monday, let it sit under 30psi for two days, and now lowered to serving pressure. My beer isn't very clear, so I'm thinking I might throw in some gelatin.

Thanks!
It would be fine, but a few considerations:
  • Make sure to add the mix gently. You don't want to introduce oxygen into the beer and you don't want the beer to foam up.
  • If you have a long paddle, I would dip it gently into the keg and give just one slow swirl. Be very slow about it though...you don't want violent foaming.
  • You're going to loose a bit of CO2 but it will re-balance after about a day at serving PSI. I wouldn't crank it up to try and re-force it.
  • Your beer will continue to run a bit cloudy, but should move past the chill haze phase much faster. Just don't expect the first few pints to be perfect.

 
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Old 06-20-2008, 01:50 AM   #33
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I added to a pressurized keg and just dump it in with no stiring. I had the clearest beer I have ever had.

 
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Old 06-20-2008, 02:09 AM   #34
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I had the clearest beer I have ever had.
I must just not be good at this.
I have tried twice... I get funny little floaties and no clearing. What's up?
I guess time will tell....2 or 3 weeks isn't enough
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Old 06-20-2008, 02:49 AM   #35
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Mine cleaned up in two days. The first time, I boiled and it didn't work. The second time, I did as BierMuncher described and it worked like a champ. I got a LOT of slug, but after that cleaered, it was extreamly clear.

 
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Old 08-10-2008, 10:36 PM   #36
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How long can gelatin sit in the secondary? I'm using it for the first time either tonight or tomorrow because I forgot to add irish moss to the boil. Does cold crashing help the gelatin or will I not even have to bother?

 
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How long can gelatin sit in the secondary? I'm using it for the first time either tonight or tomorrow because I forgot to add irish moss to the boil. Does cold crashing help the gelatin or will I not even have to bother?
You'll see the effects of gelatin inside of 48 hours.

There's no "max" time for letting the beer sit. Crash chilling will always help all beer clear better/faster, gelatin or not.

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Old 08-29-2008, 05:34 PM   #38
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OK so I followed BierMuncher's method and when I was doing it I paid more attention to the method and not so much the amount - I ended up using a whole packet of Knox gelatin and now I have this sort of jello thing going on in the bottom of my bottles. Will it be OK as long as I'm careful when pouring the beer into a glass?

 
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It'll be fine.

For one..it is flavorless. Plus, since it's gelled, it's not soluble in the beer.

It might as well be a marble laying on the bottom of the fermenter.

 
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Old 08-29-2008, 05:52 PM   #40
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I used BM's method and it worked amazingly well. I went from 3 weeks in primary, added the gelatine as BM describes and then crash cooled at 38 for 10 days, then racked to corny and force carbed as BM also describes, 3 days 30 PSI and 1/2 day at 12PSI. Worked like a charm, best, clearest beer I've ever crafted, enjoyed by ALL.

 
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