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Old 04-30-2010, 12:36 PM   #1
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So I'm doing the Scottish Export 80 Shilling recipe for national brew day. I couldn't get the irish moss from LHBS.........So question is if you look at the recipe will this lack of irish moss hurt the beer?

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You'll just have a bit more cloudiness in the beer than you would have had otherwise. Not a big deal at all as far as I'm concerned.

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Irish Moss shouldn't change taste - it is just a clarifying agent to eliminate haze in beer.

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It doesn't even work that well IMO. Whirlfloc is much more efficient if clarity is important. Either way, you will want to age a Scottish ale, so it will be clear by the time you drink it any way.

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It doesn't even work that well IMO. Whirlfloc is much more efficient if clarity is important.
I think the issue most people have with Irish Moss is that they don't rehydrate it before adding it to the wort. That is the nice thing about Whirlfloc, no rehydration required.
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Thanks to all. I wasn't worried about cloudy, as I don't mind my beer not being crystal clear.....Maybe at some point I'll get into being picky about that. I just wanted to ensure that I wouldn't hurt the taste of the scottish ale as it's my first one.

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No Problem! I'm at about the same point - I generally let my beers sit in the keg long enough for most of the sediment to drop anyway, so I don't bother to use a clarifying agent.

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I think the issue most people have with Irish Moss is that they don't rehydrate it before adding it to the wort. That is the nice thing about Whirlfloc, no rehydration required.
I've never....ever rehydrated irish moss. Having said that, you don't realize how much the moss does until you forget to add it to the wort. Recipes like BM's cream of three crops with irish moss come out of the brew pot crystal clear....forget it, comes out cloudy as hell.
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Yeah, I forgot irish moss in my latest summer ale. So much for clear and crisp! Looks (and will taste) like grapefruit juice!

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I'm actually pretty interested in this thread. I have never heard of whirlfloc and I have always blindly added Irish moss. I never forgot so I don't know if it does anything or not. I have never heard of rehydrating it either. Just toss some in. Anywhere between a quarter teaspoon and a tablespoon. I don't measure it because so many recipes vary and I don't know if it works or how much too add. Kind of funny now that I think of it.

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