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Irish Moss vs. Whirlfloc
« on: March 19, 2013, 04:16:05 AM »
Do you experienced brewers have a preference for one over the other?  Irish Moss vs. Whirlfloc?

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Irish Moss vs. Whirlfloc
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2013, 04:25:41 AM »
Whirlflock is prepared Irish moss. It dissolves better and works better IME than plain IM.
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Re: Irish Moss vs. Whirlfloc
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2013, 04:47:38 AM »
Whirlflock is prepared Irish moss. It dissolves better and works better IME than plain IM.

+1.  And no measuring.  Just throw in a tablet.

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Re: Irish Moss vs. Whirlfloc
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2013, 04:56:11 AM »
+1.  An all-around superior product.
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Re: Irish Moss vs. Whirlfloc
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2013, 05:22:59 AM »
Thanks for the quick response HoosierBrew, davidzach and majorvices...

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Re: Irish Moss vs. Whirlfloc
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2013, 07:55:07 AM »
Do you experienced brewers have a preference for one over the other?  Irish Moss vs. Whirlfloc?

ive used both and prefer whirlfloc. play around with it, but i found a half tablet does the trick for the average 5 gal batch.

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Re: Irish Moss vs. Whirlfloc
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2013, 10:19:57 AM »
I haven't found Whirlfloc to work better than IM, but I keep using it anyway.  The manufacturer says 1 tab is good for 12 gal. and should be added 5 min. before the end of boil.
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Re: Irish Moss vs. Whirlfloc
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2013, 07:03:17 PM »
I used a whole whirlfloc tab in my last 5 gal batch and ended up with about 2 inches of trub.  I think 1/2 tab for the next batch.  Thanks sort-h.o.g. for that info.

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« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2013, 05:57:29 AM »
Yeah, 1/2 tab for 5 gallons. Fwiw the commercial instructions are "about 50 tablets per 10 bbls" and they recommend upping the dosage on higher gravity worts.
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Re: Irish Moss vs. Whirlfloc
« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2013, 10:31:55 AM »
I used to use both, but haven't for a while because I'm not sure it really matters for me since I lift and dump my wort into the carboy instead of draining from a valve. And also, I agitate my chiller when it gets to about 70-80F to mix the wort more and chill faster. So I'm not sure it even helps to use the stuff for me. But maaaaaybe it does...hmmm.
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« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2013, 04:42:08 AM »
I used to use both, but haven't for a while because I'm not sure it really matters for me since I lift and dump my wort into the carboy instead of draining from a valve. And also, I agitate my chiller when it gets to about 70-80F to mix the wort more and chill faster. So I'm not sure it even helps to use the stuff for me. But maaaaaybe it does...hmmm.

I had run out for several months and recently bought some more and was reminded how well it works when I saw the clarity in the hydrometer flasks.
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Re: Irish Moss vs. Whirlfloc
« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2013, 06:21:06 AM »
I used to use both, but haven't for a while because I'm not sure it really matters for me since I lift and dump my wort into the carboy instead of draining from a valve. And also, I agitate my chiller when it gets to about 70-80F to mix the wort more and chill faster. So I'm not sure it even helps to use the stuff for me. But maaaaaybe it does...hmmm.

I had run out for several months and recently bought some more and was reminded how well it works when I saw the clarity in the hydrometer flasks.
Well, perhaps it's time I give them another try.
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Re: Irish Moss vs. Whirlfloc
« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2013, 06:33:25 AM »
I used to use both, but haven't for a while because I'm not sure it really matters for me since I lift and dump my wort into the carboy instead of draining from a valve. And also, I agitate my chiller when it gets to about 70-80F to mix the wort more and chill faster. So I'm not sure it even helps to use the stuff for me. But maaaaaybe it does...hmmm.

I had run out for several months and recently bought some more and was reminded how well it works when I saw the clarity in the hydrometer flasks.
Well, perhaps it's time I give them another try.

I would.  I bought a 1# bag just so I didn't run in to Keith's dilemma.  Although that probably would equate to a truckload for him!

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