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Old 02-25-2013, 01:43 AM   #1
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Default Too much Irish moss

This is more of a curiosity question than anything. and couldn't find a good answer to this.

I have seen people say 1/2 to 1 tsp of IM for a 5 gallon batch, mostly leaning towards 1/2. 1/2 is mostly what I have been using but I have used a bit more (heaping 1/2 tsp) on the higher OG beers I have done. Seemed to make sense since there is more break material.

The question is there any detriment to using too much IM? off flavor or just wasting IM etc. etc. and does it make sense to use a little more on High OG beers?

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Old 02-25-2013, 01:47 AM   #2
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I used to measure now I just put a couple of big pinches in. I do not think it affects the flavor any in the small bits we use.

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I use the cap off of the bottle - just fill it up about level and throw it in (6.5 gallons) - no adverse affects that I am aware of.

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Your beer will be way too clear.

J/K, it'll be fine, unless you added SO much that it imparts a seaweed flavor.

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I'm curious as to how well it works in general. I have always used it and never thought of stopping. Has anyone done side by sides to see how well it works? Maybe look at turbidity or something, or sheer volume of break material? Also, when do you drop it in? And do any of you rehydrate?

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Your beer will be way too clear.

J/K, it'll be fine, unless you added SO much that it imparts a seaweed flavor.
Like Clear Pepsi???
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Your beer will be way too clear.
Crap, better cut back or stop using it, last thing I want is pretty beer, my friends will want to drink it all
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I'm curious as to how well it works in general. I have always used it and never thought of stopping. Has anyone done side by sides to see how well it works? Maybe look at turbidity or something, or sheer volume of break material? Also, when do you drop it in? And do any of you rehydrate?
From What I understand the IM has a Negative charge and the break has a positive (maybe that's backwards) so it causes the particles to attract and coagulate.

edit: Sorry just noticed you asked how well and not just how

I always Drop it in at 15 and my brew definately improved clarity, didn't use anything with my first three batches, there was also a noticeable difference in how well the Break dropped out of the wort.

Never rehydrated myself but I would be interested to know. I know some people do it but I figure 15 min in the wort gets it more than hydrated and distributed
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Although they are basically the same thing, I find whirlfloc to do a better job than Irish Moss.

Of course, this is just my own experience. YMMV

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Never tried whirlfloc, should give it a try when I run out of IM

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