Are you kegging to Cornies? I am interested in your process because I have only used Gelatin in the FV during cold crash, do you get much sediment? Also what is Clear-IT and when do you choose to use it and why?The keg was fined with only gelatin this time because I'd run out of Clear-IT
Yes I'm kegging to a corny. I don't use finings in the FV - not because that's any better or worse but because I don't cold crash and don't open my FV at all until kegging day.Are you kegging to Cornies? I am interested in your process because I have only used Gelatin in the FV during cold crash, do you get much sediment? Also what is Clear-IT and when do you choose to use it and why?
Thanks, I have stopped cold crashing and not used Gelatin since, I may give this a try on my next brew, how much to a corny are you using?Yes I'm kegging to a corny. I don't use finings in the FV - not because that's any better or worse but because I don't cold crash and don't open my FV at all until kegging day.
I don't notice much sediment in the keg except a little puddle in the recess at the bottom when it's empty. About half to 2/3 of a pint is sediment when I first tap the keg and that is thrown away.
Clear-IT is a two-part fining consisting of gelatin and kieselsol. The main drawback I find is that the gelatin is pre-mixed and if you don't use it all up in a few months it stinks and while I haven't noticed a flavour impact on the beer I thought this time I'd just use pure gelatin and see how it goes.
Both Chitosan and Gelatin are positively charged so maybe adding both is like adding double of any one of them?As well as gelatin I also use Chitosan, this has always been very effective when bottling but I must try it in the keg as well as that is what it is for I believe.
Are you still getting haze? I think by now your process and storage is almost the same as mine except I never dry hop or cold crash and I always pitch a prepared wet yeast culture.FWIW @foxbat , I've tried Clear It but then switched to powdered gelatin off of eBay and/or kieselsol (aka silicon dioxide or silica) such as Harris Starbrite, or NBS BrauSol from TMM.
Both seem reasonably effective, either alone or together. The powdered gelatin is cheap, easy to store and simple enough to whip up in the microwave when it's needed.
As you know, I've (a) struggled for ages with clarity but (b) recently switched to kegs...
An IPA I made recently was unfined but cleared up readily in the keg with just the slightest touch of (hop?) haze.
Meanwhile I fined my recent English Amber Ale with gelatin (keep meaning to post some pics) - the first pint was cloudy as fuggle! I swear it had half a pint of gelatin gloop in it, exactly like you mentioned! But the second pint was absolutely crystal clear
I do usually cold crash (particularly after dry hopping) but I have some doubts about how much benefit I'm getting from it, so might try omitting it at some point.
Weirdly no I'm not, it seems to have magically gone away since moving to kegs.Are you still getting haze? I think by now your process and storage is almost the same as mine except I never dry hop or cold crash and I always pitch a prepared wet yeast culture.
After beating me twice in previous rounds I've won this one. The 24hrs photo was the high krausen mark. I never thought when I bought a 5 litre flask that something would ever get close to escaping from it, let alone a "small" 1500ml starter! With hindsight I think maybe the lab beakers are better suited to starters because of their straight sides.1) For some reason I'm rooting for the yeast to make it out of there. Not out of malice to you @foxbat , I think I just see it as some sort of underdog - and who doesn't love an underdog story
2) Since you're already an internet tycoon (i.e. you made a webpage of your homebrew recipes) I feel like there should also be a live online foxbat-stirplate-cam so we can watch it escape live. Who's up for a crowdfunder?