How do you use Polyclar VT?

Answered by Jeremy Urbaniak

To use Polyclar VT, you will need to mix it with warm water and add it to your beer. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to use it:

1. Start by sanitizing your equipment. Make sure all the utensils, containers, and surfaces that will come into contact with the beer and the Polyclar VT are properly sanitized. This will help prevent any contamination and ensure the best results.

2. Measure out 2 tablespoons or 5 grams of Polyclar VT. This is the recommended dosage for five gallons of beer, but you can adjust the amount based on your specific needs. Polyclar VT is a coarser grade of PVPP with a 140-micron particle size, which makes it ideal for faster settling.

3. Add the Polyclar VT to one cup of warm, sanitized water. Gently stir the mixture to ensure the Polyclar VT is fully dissolved. The warm water will help the particles dissolve more easily and evenly distribute throughout the beer.

4. Once the Polyclar VT is dissolved, you can add it to your five gallons of beer. Slowly pour the mixture into the beer while gently stirring to ensure thorough mixing. Take care not to introduce any air or splashing, as this can oxidize the beer and affect its flavor.

5. After adding the Polyclar VT, let the beer stand for a few days. This will give the particles time to settle and clarify the beer. During this time, the Polyclar VT will bind to any haze-causing compounds, proteins, and polyphenols, helping to remove them from the beer and improve its clarity.

6. Once the settling period is over, carefully rack the beer off the sediment. This involves transferring the clear beer from the fermenter or vessel to a new container, leaving behind any settled particles and sediment. This step is important to avoid any off-flavors or cloudiness in the final product.

7. Proceed with your usual fermentation and packaging process. The addition of Polyclar VT should not significantly affect the fermentation or carbonation process, so you can continue with your regular brewing procedures.

It’s worth noting that Polyclar VT is primarily used for clarifying beer, but it can also help reduce chill haze and improve the stability of the final product. However, it’s important to follow the recommended dosage and use it as directed to avoid any negative effects on the beer’s flavor and aroma.

Remember, every brewing situation is unique, so it’s always a good idea to experiment with small batches or consult with fellow brewers who have experience using Polyclar VT.