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Old 08-05-2010, 12:47 AM   #1
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According to a lawsuit filed today against Jillian Michaels, one of the ingredients in her weight loss supplements, Irish Moss powder, "causes gastrointestinal ulcers" and is "so toxic that it is the gel commonly applied to aircraft wings to dissolve ice"...

I'm not buying it, the story that is; I'm still tossing the stuff in my brews.



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Lawsuit brought upon by Whirlfloc Inc.

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I think the real shocker here is that you are openly admitting to reading tmz.com!

Wonder if there's any truth to this. I could just as easily add gelatin and cold crash if it really is bad for you.

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So 1tsp, diluted by 5+ gallons, which then REACTS with other stuff (I mean why else would it clear the beer) is gonna kill me? Highly doubt it....

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What's Irish Moss? (j/k, never use it).

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Evidence does exist, ex vivo by the way, that Irish Moss's active clearing chemical, carrageenan, causes increased inflammation in the human colon and there are hypotheses that common food additives are responsible for the increases in prevalence of Crohns and other lower GI disturbances in the western population.

Its a stretch to say that it is the prime cause of upper GI ulcers because there is no evidence that Im aware of that carrageenan cause them(pubmed has no search results for "carrageenan+ulcer")

I think it settles mostly out of your beer anyway. Im pretty sure thats how it works.

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I think the real shocker here is that you are openly admitting to reading tmz.com!

Wonder if there's any truth to this. I could just as easily add gelatin and cold crash if it really is bad for you.
How else am I supposed to keep up on the latest news about Britney and Lindsay?!

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How else am I supposed to keep up on the latest news about Britney and Lindsay?!

Who? I gotta get a TV. It sounds important. With one word names, maybe Britney and Lindsay are famous? If they are that famous, please let me know so I can buy a TV asap.

Anyway, carageenan is very common as a food additive. I never heard of any issues with it. I use whirlfloc in all of my beers, and I plan on continuing.
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According to a lawsuit filed today against Jillian Michaels, one of the ingredients in her weight loss supplements, Irish Moss powder, "causes gastrointestinal ulcers" and is "so toxic that it is the gel commonly applied to aircraft wings to dissolve ice"...

I'm not buying it, the story that is; I'm still tossing the stuff in my brews.



http://www.tmz.com/2010/08/04/jillia...omments-anchor
I believe this would be called a logical fallacy. Toxicity and the ability to melt ice are in no way related.
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Who? I gotta get a TV. It sounds important. With one word names, maybe Britney and Lindsay are famous? If they are that famous, please let me know so I can buy a TV asap.

Anyway, carageenan is very common as a food additive. I never heard of any issues with it. I use whirlfloc in all of my beers, and I plan on continuing.
carrageenan. yup! irish moss and whirlfolc are same thing. Wirlfloc is just a more refined version (in tablet form). "Basic Brewing Radio" had a podcast referred to wirlfloc as irishmoss on steroids. I've used both similar results I'm staying with raw product (irish moss) for now. have my new brewer buddy trying some wirlfloc in a very similar beer to see difference (same yeast slightly different grain bill).

Basic Brewing Radio has an Irish moss experiment that may be worth a listen...

carrageenan in ice cream and tons of other stuff
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrageenan
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