HOMEBREW Digest #5563 Thu 04 June 2009

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  too  sweet (malty)? ("Darrell G. Leavitt")
  Re: Jellotin and Carbonation (Jeff Renner)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2009 07:20:34 -0400 (EDT) From: "Darrell G. Leavitt" <leavitdg at plattsburgh.edu> Subject: too sweet (malty)? Let's see what others say, but I would personally reduce the Vienna to just 1/2 of what you had planned, and still use the Light Crystal. Darrell Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2009 11:26:53 -0400 From: Jeff Renner <jsrenner at umich.edu> Subject: Re: Jellotin and Carbonation On Jun 3, 2009, at 9:26 PM, Keith Christian wrote: > Thanks Jeff, > > What is your method of hydrating the gelatin? I have heard of people > adding hot water to the gelatin and then adding some cool water before > pouring the gelatin into the fermenter. How long should I let it set > before bottling or kegging? > > Is there a problem letting the beer set for a few days or a week with > the gelatin on the bottom? My beer is sitting at 60F. Should it be > colder? I suspend a half packet of grocery store gelatin (for 7.75 gallons, this isn't a precise thing) in about a cup of cold water or beer and heat it in the microwave, stopping to stir occasionally. I stop just before it starts to boil because that seems to produce lumps. Then I add some cool beer to it, then stir it into the rest of the beer. Often I do this at racking, so I add it to the first gallon of beer and let the rest of the beer stir it in as it runs into the new container. If you are doing it in an opaque container, you'll just have to guess, but if the beer is done fermenting, a few days should work. If you are racking to a carboy, you can watch it clarify from the top down over a period of hours. It's fun to watch by shining a flashlight through it from behind. I have let this sit in a keg until it was all gone, so I am sure that it's stable. I don't think 60F would be a problem. I don't often fine these days as gravity does a good job, but it's a good way of speeding things up. Jeff Jeff Renner in Ann Arbor, Michigan USA, jsrenner at umich.edu "One never knows, do one?" Fats Waller, American Musician, 1904-1943 Return to table of contents
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