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Fining agents
« on: January 27, 2014, 11:06:48 AM »
I'm considering using fining agents on my next beer. Which of the options have worked best for you? I prefer something natural over chemical.
Secondly, will fining agents work any better on all grain vs extract brews? Thank you. 


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Re: Fining agents
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2014, 11:15:25 AM »
I use gelatin for beers that don't like to clear on their own, mainly Kolsch. Never tried any of the others.

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Re: Fining agents
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2014, 11:19:36 AM »
I'm considering using fining agents on my next beer. Which of the options have worked best for you? I prefer something natural over chemical.
Secondly, will fining agents work any better on all grain vs extract brews? Thank you. 


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I use irish moss in the boil and that's it. I tried the clarity-ferm because of it's gluten reduction but I didn't see a significant difference in clarity between the 5 gallons I used it in and the 5 gallons I didn't, and it's not particularly natural.

I'm a vegetarian so I don't use gelatin our isinglass but those work quite well depending on what kind of haze your trying to get rid of.

But over all I've found that unless I did something really wrong like missed my pH badly the irish moss and time works even with a finicky yeast like WLP029
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Re: Fining agents
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2014, 11:22:42 AM »
I use Whirlfloc for most beers, and occasionally gelatin. But I agree with Mort - good pH control, time, and temperature work pretty well.
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Re: Fining agents
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2014, 11:25:20 AM »
I use Whirlfloc for most beers, and occasionally gelatin. But I agree with Mort - good pH control, time, and temperature work pretty well.

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Re: Fining agents
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2014, 11:25:32 AM »
Didn't even think of whirlfloc... I use it on everything but beers that I want a bit of haze.

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Re: Fining agents
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2014, 11:38:15 AM »
I tried the clarity-ferm because of it's gluten reduction but I didn't see a significant difference in clarity between the 5 gallons I used it in and the 5 gallons I didn't, and it's not particularly natural.
I'm pretty sure clarity-ferm is for chill haze, so if you didn't have that to begin with ...
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Re: Fining agents
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2014, 11:40:25 AM »
Here's a nice article from BYO. Different fining agents combat different types of haze.
 
http://byo.com/recipes-tag/item/645-fining-your-beer-techniques
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Re: Fining agents
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2014, 11:44:42 AM »
Whirlfloc on the boil (10 minutes left) in every beer, then gelatin in the keg for most.  The Kolsch I just did I used gelatin in a keg with a cutoff diptube and then transferred using a jumper on the two out ports to another keg, and it is crystal clear!

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Re: Fining agents
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2014, 02:56:36 PM »
I use gelatin to drop extremely stubborn yeast.  I prefer to do it in the fermenter, rather than the keg but both work fine.

I always forget the Irish moss.  I honestly can't recall the last time I used it.

Nothing clears beer like extended conditioning, though.  Of course, some beers need to be drunk right now.

Finally, I don't think the fining agent cares if you used extract or not.
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Re: Fining agents
« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2014, 03:05:50 PM »
Biofine Clear A3 is "vegetarian" and works better than gelatin. Its the best fining agent I have used. That said, the kolsch in the pic in my avatar was fined with gelatin. Might be hard to see in picture but that beer is crystal clear.
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Re: Fining agents
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2014, 08:28:34 AM »
Keith- It has always made me thirsty just looking at it, even at 7:30 AM.

I use Irish moss and gelatin, if needed.

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Re: Fining agents
« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2014, 08:35:07 AM »
I strictly use Irish moss and and that's it, it works great, 10 minutes in the boil, 1/2 tblsp to my 6 gallon batch. That and a few days of cold crash prior to packaging provides me crystal clear beer all the time.
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