lifeasamusical said:I’ve never used gelatin when bottling. Do you add yeast back in at bottling time?
Nope. I only use it on hybrid beers (I’ve only done it on my Kolsch, California Common, and soon my Altbier), which I’ve brewed a few times, but not many, so take that for what it’s worth.
But I hit it with gelatin while it’s already cold (it works better that way), and then bottle about a week later. It strips out the visible yeast, but leaves enough behind that I’ve never had a problem getting carbonation. And it really does make for clear beer. The last round of my Kolsch, I think the only way I could have gotten a clearer beer was filtration. Plus it makes for a VERY small sediment layer in the bottles, to the point where you can almost pour every last drop.
From what I understand, chemically it’s not as effective when it comes to chill haze as something like Isinglass or PVPP, but in my experience the stuff even strips out chill haze if it’s cold enough when you add it.