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Title: Gelatin
Post by: jpeets on April 21, 2017, 10:21:15 PM
 I've heard a lot about using gelatin to clarify beer, but I'm unfamiliar with the process. Can anybody help to shed some light?
Title: Re: Gelatin
Post by: pkrone on April 21, 2017, 10:49:44 PM
I used to use it frequently.  You just get the unflavored gelatin packs at the grocery, hydrate one pack in a cup or 2 of boiled/cooled water, and add.   I'd usually add it to my keg at kegging time after I'd cold crashed the beer in the fermenter for a few days. 
Title: Re: Gelatin
Post by: HoosierBrew on April 21, 2017, 11:14:29 PM
This method works pretty flawlessly, every time IMO:


http://www.bertusbrewery.com/2012/06/how-to-clear-your-beer-with-gelatin.html
Title: Re: Gelatin
Post by: PharmBrewer on April 22, 2017, 01:13:35 AM
I cold crash my carboy in fridge overnight.  For 5 liters, I microwave 1/4 cup water 30 sec.  Stir in 1/4 tsp gelatin.  Pour in carboy and swirl.  Let sit overnight and bottle.  Works  really well.  I rack straight from my carboy to bottles.  The gelatin besides clarifying helps to trap the yeast and trub some.

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Title: Re: Gelatin
Post by: Philbrew on April 22, 2017, 02:44:14 AM
This method works pretty flawlessly, every time IMO:


http://www.bertusbrewery.com/2012/06/how-to-clear-your-beer-with-gelatin.html (http://www.bertusbrewery.com/2012/06/how-to-clear-your-beer-with-gelatin.html)
Yup, that's the method that works for me too.

One additional point, It's best to get your beer chilled to below 38*F before adding gelatin.  That's where chill haze proteins come out of solution and the gelatin can grab them and settle out.
Title: Re: Gelatin
Post by: HoosierBrew on April 22, 2017, 01:10:20 PM
This method works pretty flawlessly, every time IMO:


http://www.bertusbrewery.com/2012/06/how-to-clear-your-beer-with-gelatin.html (http://www.bertusbrewery.com/2012/06/how-to-clear-your-beer-with-gelatin.html)
Yup, that's the method that works for me too.

One additional point, It's best to get your beer chilled to below 38*F before adding gelatin.  That's where chill haze proteins come out of solution and the gelatin can grab them and settle out.


Yeah, and I think he mentions that in the article. It definitely helps to have chill haze in suspension when you add the gelatin.