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Using Irish Moss
« on: November 10, 2012, 05:37:08 AM »
It ir really worth using Irish moss when boiling the wort?  Does it affect the taste in any way?

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Re: Using Irish Moss
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2012, 05:39:35 AM »
Yes it is worth using it and no it does not affect the flavor.
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Re: Using Irish Moss
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2012, 05:55:46 AM »
With over a hundred years of practice, I'd say that its a proven clarifier.  If you prefer clearer beer, use it.  It can't fix all faults though. 
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Re: Using Irish Moss
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2012, 07:11:53 AM »
I like using Whirlfloc tablets which are a refined type of Irish Moss and can be tossed in 15 minutes before the end of the boil.

As Martin states they are not a panacea but are quite effective and very easy to use.
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Re: Using Irish Moss
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2012, 08:19:36 AM »
I will be bottling the first brew I have ever tried Whirfloc tablets in tomorrow. I will know in a few weeks what I think of it.
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Re: Using Irish Moss
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2012, 08:40:31 AM »
I've skipped using Irish moss once and ended up with a cloudy bitter.  That was also my first, and only, use of gelatin to try to drop some haze.  But I do often cut back on the amount of IM and it still seems to work.

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Re: Using Irish Moss
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2012, 09:51:59 AM »
I like using Whirlfloc tablets which are a refined type of Irish Moss and can be tossed in 15 minutes before the end of the boil.

As Martin states they are not a panacea but are quite effective and very easy to use.

Manufacturer recommends 5 m in. before the end of boil.  One tab is good for 12 gal., so 1/2 tab is fine for a 5 gal. batch.  There's a lot of confusion about this because so many retailers repackage Whirlfloc with inaccurate instructions.
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Re: Using Irish Moss
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2012, 11:42:07 AM »
Good to know though they take longer than 5 minutes to dissolve.
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Re: Using Irish Moss
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2012, 11:59:17 AM »
Now you tell me. I did mine at 15 minutes. Will they still work?
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Re: Using Irish Moss
« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2012, 12:21:23 PM »
They still work.
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Re: Using Irish Moss
« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2012, 12:24:40 PM »
I always throw it in at 15 and it seems to work fine
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Re: Using Irish Moss
« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2012, 01:18:50 PM »
I always forget the Irish moss.  Always.

Time seems to work to clarify my beers.

When I need it clear quicker, I toss in some gelatin.

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Re: Using Irish Moss
« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2012, 01:27:03 PM »
Good to know though they take longer than 5 minutes to dissolve.
The ones I get seem to dissolve in a few seconds.

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Re: Using Irish Moss
« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2012, 02:12:25 PM »
Whirfloc rocks.  I toss mine in at 10 minutes with my IC and yeast nutrient.

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Re: Using Irish Moss
« Reply #14 on: November 10, 2012, 02:35:02 PM »
Good to know though they take longer than 5 minutes to dissolve.
The ones I get seem to dissolve in a few seconds.

Mine fizz and take about ten minutes to dissolve.
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