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Beermaking Chemicals and Finings

If you're on this page you probably know what you want! We'll try and tell you what most of this stuff does.

We have Gypsum, Magnesium Sulphate, Chalk. Burton water salts and loads of other stuff for your home brew beers! We can supply most of this bulk as well, if it's not listed just ask and we'll add it.

It's a constant learning curve with the chemicals as fashions change, if you want it please ask!!

If you make from homebrew kits you can probably ignore everything on this page- If your water is soft you may like to add

Burton water Crystals.

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Turbo Klar 5gall/25 Litre Finings

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A two pack sachet of finings to clear 25 litres/5 Gallons of beer or wine.

Invented for use with the turbo yeast they are quick and easy to use. You add sachet A then 1 hour later add sachet B. Clear most things overnight!

Ritchie isinglass Beer Finings for 2x5 Gallon

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The easy one! In a small plastic bottle.

A nice runny mix of isinglass so it's easy to use.

Just tip in the beer and leave.

Will do two 5 gallon barrels of beer. Very popular in the shop. Best kept in the fridge!

You can add it to the fermenting bucket or in the barrel. Use half and keep the rest for the next brew.

Isinglass Finings Big 500ml Bottle

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Ritchies Isinglass beer finings in a handy 500 ml screw cap bottle. As long as you keep it in the fridge it will keep part used for a few weeks.

Burton Water Crystals 200g

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Burton water crystals, add to soft water to "Burtonise" it.

Increases the calcium and sulphate content.

Usually about a teaspoon to 5 gallons

Kwik Clear Wine and Beer Finingslarge 70 to 135 Litres

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Heading Liquid- Heading Solution 50ml

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Adds a nice creamy head on your beer.

It increases surface tension which makes  the skin on the bubbles thicker- What bubbles there are will last longer

 

Traces of washing liquid destroys the head on your beer- you should rinse glasses well after washing them!

Enough for 5 brews of 5 gallons. Used to be called creamy top, same stuff different name. For those who need to know it's Propylene Glycol Alginate. Derived from Kelp, which is a seaweed of course. It's classified as safe and has one interesting side effect which is that it prevents the absorbtion of Strontium.

 Strontium 90 is  one of the ingredients in nuclear fallout, named after the place Strontian in Scotland. Anything that prevents you absorbing it is a good thing! More proof that beer is good for you!

Auxillary Finings 250 ml

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Isinglass finings works best if you add auxillary finings.

It speeds up the fining process and gives a brighter beer.

Some people never use it but if you're having problems with clarity it does help. 

Isinglass Paste 200g

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In a paste form. Dropped out of favour as a finings but it's still very good.

Made from the swim bladder of the sturgeon they say- Who discovered that? Who dropped fish guts in their beer and found out it helped? Sounds like something they'd do for a joke..

Potassium Metabisulphite(Campden Powder) 200g

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Look Here---It's on the winemaking chemicals page along with campden tablets

5 2 Ph Stabilser 450g

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Food grade phosphate buffers. Add 8g per 10 litres of brew liquor, sets the ph to 5.2. Works like magic! Not sure how it does it but its's clever stuff...

From 5star chemicals

Gypsum Calcium Sulphate 200g

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In South Manchester we add a teaspoon of gypsum and that makes the Ph about right for bitters.

Your water will be different of course! But as a general guide for soft water a teaspoon is about right.

It raises the Ph of water, which decreases it's acidity.

Calcium Chloride Flakes 200g

200 g
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You may find some recipes asking for these- It's one of the common salts.

Here's what Wiki says "In brewing beer, calcium chloride is sometimes used to correct mineral deficiencies in the brewing water. It affects flavor and chemical reactions during the brewing process, and it can also affect yeast function during fermentation"

They also use it to treat Black Widow spider bites....

Irish Moss 40g or 100g

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Made from a seaweed, you can buy it as a sort of snack in Southern Ireland. Tastes alright too! Know as carragheen, it crops up in yoghurts as a thickener. It helps to clear the beer at the boiling or copper stage, hence it's other name, copper finings.

 

Something of interest!

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Water chemistry of classic brewing cities
Pilsen Dortmund Munich Vienna London Burton Dublin
Calcium 7 225 75 200 52 268 118
Magnesium 2 40 18 60 16 62 4
Sodium 2 60 7 8 99 54 12
Chloride 5 60 10 12 60 36 19
Sulphate 5 120 10 125 77 638 54
Alkalinity 14 180 152 120 156 200 319
Water chemistry of classic brewing cities
Pilsen Dortmund Munich Vienna London Burton Dublin
Calcium 7 225 75 200 52 268 118
Magnesium 2 40 18 60 16 62 4
Sodium 2 60 7 8 99 54 12
Chloride 5 60 10 12 60 36 19
Sulphate 5 120 10 125 77 638 54
Alkalinity 14 180 152 120 156 200 319

Magnesium Sulphate Magnesium Sulphate 200g

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In South Manchester we use a touch of magnesium just to help enzyme activity.

You can overdo this stuff, just the tip of a teaspoon is enough

Lactic Acid in Soloution 80% 100ml

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CRS Carbonate reducing Solution 250 ml

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Reduces carbonates in hard water- It's all soft round here so we don't use it. You'll need it if your water is too high in carbonates especially if you're after pale beers.

Precipitated Chalk 200g

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Mainly used in wines but it does have uses in some beer types.

Polyclar 50g

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Chill haze remover, use 10g per 25 litres

Dry Beer Enzyme sachet for 5 gall of beer

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It's mainly dextrinase and reduces the amount of non fermentable sugar. Especially if you're after the dry pilsner beers.

Gelatine Liquid 100ml

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Everyone dropped this after the BSE scare and we sell very little now.

Tincture of Iodine

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A small bottle, it goes black if there's starch present so you can see if you're mashing and sparging is up to scratch.

Mine always reads positive! You're probably a better brewer than I am...

It works instantly so if you've got it right you'll know.

Protofloc 50 g

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A blend of carragheen and other seaweeds, like Irish moss but there's more of them.

We've tried it and it doesn't seem any better than the Irish Moss, but, some people swear by it. Possibly it has more effect in different water areas.

Protofloc 100g

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