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Old 01-20-2008, 12:44 AM   #11
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Then you rehydrate 1 tsp in some water, and put it in your boil with about 10-15 minutes left.
I have never heard this. I just throw it into the boil. Maybe that's why I haven't been getting a good cold break. I'll have to try it.
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Old 01-20-2008, 01:04 AM   #12
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I've brewed probably 40 batches and had never heard anything about rehydrating the irish moss first. Anyone have a logical explanation for doing that?

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Old 01-21-2008, 02:14 PM   #14
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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.

I think I heard in a Jamil show episode and also read somewhere that a whirlfloc tablet is good for up to 10 gallons, so if you put a half tablet in 5 gallons the price becomes roughly equal.
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Old 01-21-2008, 04:20 PM   #15
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I've brewed probably 40 batches and had never heard anything about rehydrating the irish moss first. Anyone have a logical explanation for doing that?
Same here (though replace "40" with "3" ). I've not rehydrated before, but still seem to get a good amount of cold break - though if rehydrating would help, I'd like to give it a go.
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Old 01-21-2008, 05:40 PM   #16
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I use Irish Moss for no reason other than I have a bunch of it. I've never used whirfloc.

I had never heard of anyone rehydrating Irish Moss until this thread. I don't rehydrate it I just toss it in dry and I'm happy with my results.

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Old 01-22-2008, 12:21 AM   #17
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I just rehydrated Irish moss for the first time last weekend. My LHBS had a label on it that said to rehydrate 1 tsp in warm water and add to kettle with 10 min. left. First time I had ever heard of rehydrating it too. It definitely smells like seaweed once it's rehydrated so that might keep you from doing it right there.

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Old 01-22-2008, 01:33 AM   #18
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I've always rehydrated mine because the container said to do so. Even if I didn't rehydrate I would still crush the tablet for the reason I mentioned before. I have no idea if it actually makes a difference though.

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I had been using the wirflock tablets but switched to the Super Irish Moss & I think it does a better job.

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Do you add irish moss straight to the wert or should i use a mesh bag?

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