« on: October 01, 2012, 08:37:23 AM »
2 very hoppy beers I've brewed before, one an IPA (RR Blind Pig clone) and the other Kelsey McNairs west coast bitter. Brewed again, with 2 changes. I swapped out 001 for 007 , and I fined both with gelatin. Identical grist, hops, mash temps, etc.
End result, huge reduction in hop flavor and aroma. In the IPA, there's a fruity note that I wasn't surprised to get given the 007, but the hop flavor is almost totally absent. The west coast bitter seems thin, and while the bittering is good, the hop flavor is also totally absent. It's a 5 gallon batch with 5 oz at flameout and another 5 oz in dry hops. I dry hopped in the keg in an attempt to salvage it.
What I'm wondering is if it's the yeast or the fining? I used 1/2 tsp gelatin per fermentor and left them at 35 for a week. They are both crystal clear, which is great but I'll take a bit of haze over losing flavor anyday.