Finings

HomeBrewTalk.com - Beer, Wine, Mead, & Cider Brewing Discussion Community.

Help Support Homebrew Talk:

SMOKEU

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 27, 2009
Messages
370
Reaction score
23
Location
NZ
Do most of you use finings, and if so, what type?
 

SourHopHead

Well-Known Member
Joined
Mar 6, 2007
Messages
720
Reaction score
2
Location
Albuquerque, NM
Most use gelatin from the supermarket. I have not used finings personally yet, but when I do I am going to use BioFine clear. My GF is a vegan/vegetarian.
 

Yooper

Ale's What Cures You!
Staff member
Admin
Mod
Lifetime Supporter
Joined
Jun 4, 2006
Messages
74,630
Reaction score
12,241
Location
UP/Snowbird in Florida
The only finings I've ever used for beer are kettle finings. I've used Irish moss, and whirlfloc. I've been very pleased with the Whirlfloc, and use it exclusively now. I've never been tempted to use gelatin or other finings, since my beer is crystal clear with a combination of Whirlfloc, a good cold break, and enough time in the fermenter.
 

Pangea

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 27, 2009
Messages
312
Reaction score
5
Location
Lafayette, LA
I've recently discovered that proper use of kettle finings is all that is needed. If the beer isn't clear going into the fermenter, then the kettle finings were not effective. I aim to get very clear wort into the fermenter, complete with lots of cold break and trub floating around. Whirlfoc or irish moss will flocculate the usual "cloudiness" into larger, visible particles that will settle on the bottom and become yeast food.

I wasn't using enough irish moss when I first started and my beers were always cloudy. I started using a little more, up to a tablespoon and recently switched to one tab of whirlfloc and now my beers clear up wonderfully. They're crystal clear going into the fermenter, where they do cloud up during fermentation, but then I crash cool and the beer clears again. Crash cooling didn't work before I started using kettle finings.

As yooper stated, time in the fermenter will also clear things up though sedimentation, although I don't think sedimentation works well without kettle finings, at least in my experience.
 

Hammy71

Senior Member
HBT Supporter
Joined
Sep 12, 2008
Messages
6,035
Reaction score
677
Location
Maryland
I use Irish moss in the brew kettle. Unless it's a stout or a Hefe, I will add gelatin (Knox brand from the store) to the secondary and cold crash for a couple of days. Then it goes into the keg. I find if I don't do the gelatin and coldcrash the beers take a couple of more weeks to clear from the tap if at all....(including the 3 weeks I "set it and forget it" to carbonate). If I use the gelatin etc, my first beer.....clear as can be.
 
OP
S

SMOKEU

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 27, 2009
Messages
370
Reaction score
23
Location
NZ
Is it true that if I put the fermenter in a colder place for the last couple of days of fermentation after adding finings in the primary that there will be less sediment when I bottle it? I don't use a secondary.
 
Top