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prefered fining agent
« on: February 20, 2013, 03:00:09 PM »
just tried gelatin to clear my beer in the keg. used 1 teaspon for 5 gallons, heated to 155F than poured into 38F beer. swirled and let it cold condition for 2-weeks. cant say im happy with results. anyway, what does the forum prefer and what are the best results achieved for giving a clear beer.

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Re: prefered fining agent
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2013, 03:25:04 PM »
I use Whirfloc in every beer.  Have had great results.

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Re: prefered fining agent
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2013, 03:29:29 PM »
I use Irish moss the boil for all my beers. I used to use polycar in the secondary and while it works great for clarification, I don't like that it sticks to the inside of the carboy and is a pain to get out. Just rinsing won't do it.
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Re: prefered fining agent
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2013, 03:42:34 PM »
I've always used gelatin.  I pour one whole pack of knox into water, let it bloom, heat it, stir it, let it cool and pour it into the carboy (5 gallons).

I have to believe a whole pack is more than one teaspoon.

I've found it to be effective.  I always forget the Irish moss.
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Re: prefered fining agent
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2013, 04:00:32 PM »
I use Whirfloc in every beer.  Have had great results.

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Re: prefered fining agent
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2013, 04:11:35 PM »
time.
i do use supermoss as a s.o.p., but just letting beer sit - bottle or keg- is a great clarifier.
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Re: prefered fining agent
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2013, 04:48:29 PM »
i used to use gelatin, now i use irish moss (when i remember).  otherwise, time is the great (read as: cheap) clarifier.

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Re: prefered fining agent
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2013, 04:52:25 PM »
I use Whirfloc in every beer.  Have had great results.

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Re: prefered fining agent
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2013, 05:01:56 PM »
Whirfloc (1/2 tablet for 6 gal, added at 15 min) and Biofine Clear (1 mL/gal in the bright or keg).
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Re: prefered fining agent
« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2013, 07:18:27 PM »
Time. I used to use whirlfloc all the time until I did a side by side in a 1 gallon batch. The beers were just as clear after 2 weeks, but the whirlfloc trub was a lot fluffier and I ended up getting 1 less beer from the whirlfloc batch. Now I just go au natural. By the end of bottle conditioning my beers are plenty clear for my purposes.
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Re: prefered fining agent
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2013, 08:30:12 AM »
I use irish moss and get relatively clear beer, especially after the bottles sit in the fridge for a few days before drinking. I use gelatin as part of the process of stabilizing brett/sour beers to blend with clean beers but I've never used it just to clear beer.
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Re: prefered fining agent
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2013, 08:44:18 AM »
I use Whirfloc in every beer.  Have had great results.


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Re: prefered fining agent
« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2013, 10:41:25 AM »
I use Whirlfloc when I remember to put it in.  I use gelatin for lighter beers that have stubborn flocculation issues.
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Re: prefered fining agent
« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2013, 11:26:20 AM »
If I fine with gelatin in a corny, can I serve clear beer from the corny or should I rack to another corny for serving?  Got a beer than needs some clearing, in the meantime I'm trying to clarify by cooling outdoors in Chicago.
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Re: Re: prefered fining agent
« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2013, 12:16:41 PM »
If I fine with gelatin in a corny, can I serve clear beer from the corny or should I rack to another corny for serving?  Got a beer than needs some clearing, in the meantime I'm trying to clarify by cooling outdoors in Chicago.
If the keg won't be moving, you can serve out of the same one. If you plan on moving it, you'll kick up the sediment, so transfer to a clean keg first.
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