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Old 05-16-2006, 03:45 AM   #1
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When does one add it? what does it do?

I know it clarifies, but how? and when to add it?
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Old 05-16-2006, 04:02 AM   #2
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15 minutes before the end of the boil.

I'm not certain how it works, but it does.

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Old 05-16-2006, 04:38 AM   #3
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it is just seaweed extract, kind of acts like a protein magnet. Cheap and works great for homebrewers.

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Old 05-16-2006, 07:10 AM   #4
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It's heavier then the smaller particles in the brew. These smaller particles attract to the Irish Moss and then sink down the bottom right along with them.

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Old 05-17-2006, 02:49 PM   #5
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I use it in english ales. I add 2 good size pinches 5-10 minutes before the end of the boil.

I have heard that if you use to much that it can affect the flavor but I think that you would have to use ALOT to change the flavor of 5 gal in 10 minutes.

I think that it works pretty well. it's also simple to use.

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Old 05-17-2006, 02:52 PM   #6
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..though some would argue for wirfloc over moss.

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Old 05-17-2006, 03:05 PM   #7
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..though some would argue for wirfloc over moss.
Why? Essentially the same thing, but the whirlfloc is in tablet form.
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Old 05-17-2006, 03:37 PM   #8
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Carageenan (sp?) is the ingredient in Irish moss that attracts proteins. I think Whirlfloc is concentrated carageenan without the other 'moss matter', and hence more effective ounce for ounce.

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Old 05-17-2006, 03:45 PM   #9
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hence more effective ounce for ounce.
and more expensive ounce for ounce, too?
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Why? Essentially the same thing, but the whirlfloc is in tablet form.
essentially - yet different. whirfloc is irish moss and purified carrageenan which - some including myself - would is better than plain irish moss. plus as you mentioned it's in tab form so no need to measure.
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