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Old 01-19-2008, 11:27 PM   #1
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Default Which to use Irish Moss or Whirlfloc?

As the title states, which do you use, or is there another that was not mentioned.
Is there a better way of clarifying?

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Old 01-19-2008, 11:38 PM   #2
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Irish moss and whirlfloc are the same thing, it's just that whirlfloc is pressed into a convenient tablet form. There are "kettle finings"- that is you put them in the boil to coagulate proteins.

There are other types of finings that are used in beer (I never use them in beer, though) that you can use after fermentation. Some people use gelatin, and some have used isinglass. I've used finings in wine, when I have a wine that just won't clear. If you do a search on "gelatin", you'll find lots of good advice on how to use it in secondary to clear your beer.

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I know they're the same, but it seems like when I switched to whirlfloc my beers became clearer. Just my $.02 ($.015 CAD)

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So if Irish Moss and whirlfloc are the same, whirlfloc would be better due to price??

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So if Irish Moss and whirlfloc are the same, whirlfloc would be better due to price??
I'd say the opposite, irish moss is cheaper. Both are pretty cheap though.

I have and use both, but prefer the convenience of whirfloc. No measuring or rehydrating, I just chuck a tablet in the boil right when I put my chiller in. (10 minutes left.)
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I agree- Irish Moss seems to be cheaper- you get an ounce or so for about $1.15, I think. Then you rehydrate 1 tsp in some water, and put it in your boil with about 10-15 minutes left. So, you get alot of uses from one package. Whirlfloc is $1.29 for six, at austinhomebrew.com. Still cheap, but about twice the price of Irish moss.

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Old 01-20-2008, 12:07 AM   #7
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I'd say the opposite, Irish moss is cheaper. Both are pretty cheap though.

I have and use both, but prefer the convenience of Whirfloc. No measuring or rehydrating, I just chuck a tablet in the boil right when I put my chiller in. (10 minutes left.)
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Also, Whirlfloc is supposedly slightly more effective since it's a concentrated, easily dissolved form of carrageenan.
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Whirlfloc is actually (from the Beer, Beer, & More website):

" blend of Irish Moss and purified Kappa carrageenan that encourages the precipitation of haze causing materials such as proteins and Beta glucans. Prepared in a quick dissolving, highly soluble tablet form. Add 1 tablet per 5 gallons with 5-10 minutes left in boil. Everyone who has tried them won't go back to irish moss."

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My irish moss comes in tablets but I always crush them and hydrate with water. The one time I didn't I found a bit of tablet on the bottom of the kettle after I drained it. Whirlfloc sounds interesting, I know none of my LHBS carries it, if I ever do another order from the US I may include it to try.

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The one time I didn't I found a bit of tablet on the bottom of the kettle after I drained it.
Not an issue with whirfloc...the tablet aggressively dissolves and dances around in the boil, like an alka-seltzer!
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