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Old 06-09-2008, 04:54 PM   #1
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Last Thursday on 6/5 I added a tablespoon of hydrated gelatin (unflavored knox) to my centennial ale in secondary. I've read from others that you should bottle within a day or two. I haven't had a chance to bottle yet. Last night I popped the top and saw this large pale blob of stuff floating in the beer kinda like a jelly fish. Is this normal for the gelatin? Have I waited too long? Any thoughts are appreciated.
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Old 06-09-2008, 05:18 PM   #2
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What temp did you use to rehydrate? I got mine too close to a boil and it was jello like when I put it in. The jello is on the bottom now. I plan to keg it this week to see what the blob looks like.
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Old 06-09-2008, 05:36 PM   #3
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What temp did you use to rehydrate? I got mine too close to a boil and it was jello like when I put it in. The jello is on the bottom now. I plan to keg it this week to see what the blob looks like.
I was very careful after reading your post and some posts from others about the temp. I only brought hot enough to fully dissolve the gelatin. It was probably only 160-170 degrees. My blob is floating at the top. Looks like a jelly fish.
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Old 06-09-2008, 06:04 PM   #4
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it should settle to the bottom. I am not sure if that is normal or not. I did not get a definitive answer. I plan to keg this week, so I will know soon enough how clear it is.
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Old 06-09-2008, 06:45 PM   #5
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I mix my gelatin in 150-160F water, stirring like crazy. Before it sets, still liquid, I dump it in the secondary.

I have never had a jello jellyfish! Kinda cool though...

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Old 06-09-2008, 08:29 PM   #6
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Yeah it is. I wonder if I have some beer jello also. That would be kinda cool
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:00 PM   #7
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I had the jelly fish before...added warm gelatin to chilled brew...almost instantly clogged the neck of the carboy...
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previously I used gelatin but found that if you use Whirlfloc and get a fast cooling after the boil that you will have clear beer. The haze protines coagulate and settle out.
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Old 06-12-2008, 03:30 PM   #9
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I racked and bottled last night. The gelatin caused no problems although it was still floating around the the beer like a jellyfish. Kinda cool looking. The beer tasted great and I'm sure wll be even better after some conditioning. I must have not let the gelatin cool enough before I dumped it although I did cool it. Also the beer looks great. Very clear.
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Old 06-13-2008, 03:26 AM   #10
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I am going to speculate here, but did you stir gently as you were adding the gelatin to the secondary? What may have happened is that it stayed in one mass and hardened in one spot. In addition, it picked up some CO2 in solution and incorporated it while hardening. In the meantime, your CO2 volumes in your wort may have reduced slightly, causing the blob with CO2 in it to float.

All just a guess, but I can't come up with anything better. I have used gelatin in two beers and it sank both times for me.
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