Clearing before kegging

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Apart from using finings what is the best way to ensure a nice clear beer
when kegging (without affecting the taste)?



Re: Clearing before kegging
Spanky wrote:
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Time and temperature.  I hate using finigs and find that it's really
unnecessary if you give the beer a few days to a couple weeks at a cold
temp.  Even without the cold temp, it'll clear eventually...just takes a
little longer.

    ------------>Denny
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Life begins at 60 - 1.060, that is.

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"Hate" is a pretty strong word, and you are influential.  Do you not like
finings because of the inconvenience or because of a flavor effect?  A number
of folks, myself included, think gelatin is a nice way to get clear beer in a
hurry.  What say ye to the masses?
Ken



Re: Clearing before kegging
Ken Anderson wrote:

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I don't use the word hate lightly, but in this case it fits.  I don't
care to add anything to my beer I can get away without, especially
something like gelatin.  It's a personal decision, and I wouldn't
presume to make it for anyone else...if you like it, use it.
Personally, I don't see the point.

    --------->Denny
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Life begins at 60 - 1.060, that is.

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Re: Clearing before kegging
Denny Conn wrote:
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So, how much gelatin should you add, and when?  Do you add it while it's
in the secondary?  I have 5gal of beer in the secondary I was going to
keg this weekend that hasn't cleared up yet.  Should I add it before I
keg? How long before I keg should it be added?

Thanks for the advice,
  - Oops

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in a
Boil about 3/4 cup of water, take it off the stove, and add a packet of Knoxx.
Get it dissolved as best you can and add it to the secondary, being careful
not to pour it on the glass.  Make sure there's enough room for it.  Gently
stir it into the top half of the beer.  (You don't want to stir up the
sediment.)  It will do it's magic on the whole batch in as little as two days.
Just keep an eye on it by shining a flashlight through it.
Ken



Re: Clearing before kegging
On Wed, 19 May 2004 11:36:49 -0700, Denny Conn wrote:

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I fully concur with Denny here. I never use finings other than Irish Moss
in the boil, partly because I have vegetarian friends and wouldn't give
them beer with animal products used in it but mainly because my beer
clears well without it anyway (OK it could possibly be a gnat's more
'crystal clear' but not much) and if you overdo gelatin or isinglass you
can screw up the beer you just put so much effort into making.

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Andy Davison
andy@oiyou.force9.co.uk

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Gelatin opinions seem to be based on emotion, with maybe a snob factor thrown
in.  I'll stay with it, as needed.  I like my beer.  Yes, it's a personal
decision.  *sniff* *sniff*     ; )
Ken



Re: Clearing before kegging
Ken Anderson wrote:

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Ken, I've REALLY got to take exception to the "snob factor"....I don't
feel like I'm any better than anyone else just because I don't use
gelatin or Polyclar or anything else.  I just don't like putting that
stuff in my beer.

    ----------->Denny

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Re: Clearing before kegging
On Thu, 20 May 2004 10:48:40 -0400, Ken Anderson wrote:

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It has nothing to do with snob factor.
If you overdo the amount of either gelatine or isinglass you can seriously
screw up the beer and if you really overdo it you can get a thick gloopy
mess (newbies can do this if they don't wait long enough for the beer to
clear and add another load of finings especially if the finings weren't
stored properly at some point).

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Andy Davison
andy@oiyou.force9.co.uk

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beer

Denny, you either have the patience of Solomon, or a whole lotta brew gear.
I'm curious, how many kegs DO you have full at the moment?
By the way, thanks for sharing.
Red



Re: Clearing before kegging
On Thu, 20 May 2004 11:24:39 +0930, RedMan wrote:

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I suspect Denny uses quality ingredients, You don't have to wait forever
for beer to clear before kegging if your malts are good quality. I have no
problems using Warminster or Munton pale malts (both Maris Otter)

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Andy Davison
andy@oiyou.force9.co.uk

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Right at the moment, it's 5 kegs.  One of them is the cloudiest beer
I've ever made...it's an impy IPA that looks like a hef!  But ya know
what?  It tastes divine!  I really don't care what it looks like when it
tastes that good...I'll happily drink it anyway.

    ------------->Denny

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Re: Clearing before kegging
place the whole fermenter with airlock,in the fridge for three days before
you keg,the chill will settle the protien haze for a clearer looking
beer....or transfer beer to a white or blue plastic jerry can then chill for
three days.........B4 kegging ....
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