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Gelatin in Belgian wit
  • BenvarineBenvarine
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    Do you use gelatin in Belgian wit? Will that make it clear, when you want the haze as is normal for this style? Will the flavor change?
  • ThymThym
    Posts: 105,037
    i do not use gelatin in any of my beers. but i definitely wouldn't use a clarifying agent in a wit. the yeast character is a highlight of a wit, so i recommend swirling the bottle to bring up any sediment before drinking/pouring wits.

    as for the flavor, you will lose the flavors that are associated with the suspended yeast, so yes it will be different.
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  • C_BC_B
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    What Lake said. However.... The flavor change is subject to your palate. Lake has an insanely evolved palate. I would notice the hazy/color change before a flavor change.
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  • C_BC_B
    Posts: 78,215
    That said, I (personally here) would not use gelatine in anything short of a lager I was trying to show off. And definitely not in a wit.
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  • ThymThym
    Posts: 105,037
    C_B said:

    That said, I (personally here) would not use gelatine in anything short of a lager I was trying to show off. And definitely not in a wit.



    honestly, i wouldn't use gelatin in a lager destined for a comp myself, i might finally spring for a filter in that situation though.

    and thanks for the palate comment, though i'm not sure it all that evolved. i did enjoy a lemon berry shandy a few days ago..
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • FuzzyFuzzy
    Posts: 46,995
    Lakewood said:

    C_B said:

    That said, I (personally here) would not use gelatine in anything short of a lager I was trying to show off. And definitely not in a wit.



    honestly, i wouldn't use gelatin in a lager destined for a comp myself, i might finally spring for a filter in that situation though.

    and thanks for the palate comment, though i'm not sure it all that evolved. i did enjoy a lemon berry shandy a few days ago..


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  • FuzzyFuzzy
    Posts: 46,995
    and i wouldn't use gelatin in a wit. i love the flavor that wit yeast adds. i always leave a 1/2" of beer in the bottle so i can swirl it around and pour the yeast into the glass.
    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B
  • scoobscoob
    Posts: 16,617
    I agree with the above replies about not using gelatin in a wit, the yeast is a main player in the flavor of a wit (unless you are talking shock top, in that case I think childrens chewable aspirin is the main flavor there)

    For beers needing to be clear I run em through a filter to clarify if its going into a comp.
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  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
    Posts: 44,679
    clarifying a wit would be like aging a big hoppy IPA for a year. Some people do it, but it's kind of dumb.

    I have used gelatin before and it works great. Now i just wait a week after kegging and it's crystal clear. You lose a tiny bit of body, but you lose that with a filter too.