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Old 07-29-2006, 03:29 AM   #1
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Default Forgot Irish Moss--any options?

I made a mistake today I've never made before--I forgot to add irish moss during my boil.

It's not a terribly big deal, but is there any other way to get the benefit of irish moss other than adding it during the boil? Could I boil it in a small amount of water and add it to the secondary when I rack?

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Old 07-29-2006, 03:33 AM   #2
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I don't think that will make a difference. If you're kegging, polyclar will help with chill haze.

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Irish moss only works during the boil. You will have to wait until you have the ale in the clearing tank, then add some finings. There are several types available, isenglass, polyclar, silica, etc. If it's a dark ale, why bother?

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Irish moss only works during the boil. You will have to wait until you have the ale in the clearing tank, then add some finings. There are several types available, isenglass, polyclar, silica, etc. If it's a dark ale, why bother?
thats what I like to hear... brew it so black that there coiuld be worms floating in there and no one would be wiser
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Old 07-29-2006, 04:47 AM   #5
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Sparkoloid works for me. Boil a tsp or so up and dump it into into your carboy. The next day you'll be amazed at how clear things are.

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You needn't worry. When my dad started brewing, he didn't even know about Irish Moss, and all his beers tasted good. The only difference I can see when you use or don't use irish moss is the look in the glass...I can't notice any effect on the flavour. To quote Charlie P. "Relax. Don't worry. Have a homebrew!"

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I 'll second joker. Just don't worry about it. I forget to throw it in every other batch, and most batches you can hardly tell the difference.

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irish moss is over-rated.

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irish moss is over-rated.
I tend to agree--and the beer in question is dark enough that I especially am not worried about it.

I do notice a difference in clarity, though, between using it and not using (in lighter colored beers, anyway). I really couldn't care less, but I think people who aren't homebrewers are kind of "spooked" by any cloudiness in a lighter colored beer.
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Well it helps coagulate cold break and that leads to a more stable beer also reducing tannin/protein linkages which form chill haze. though if you chill your wort wort quickly this will occur anyway.

More important for AG since extract has been preboiled and the cold break usually has already been removed.

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