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Old 04-26-2012, 02:30 PM   #1
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I've read that you want to add the tablet with 5 mins left in boil, and not boil it for too long or it will be rendered useless. So that being said, if I were to add it with 5 mins left in the boil and then do a 30 min hop steep, would this be the same as boiling it too long or is letting it steep before cooling different? Should I add it towards the end of the steep? Anybody know, thanks.

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Adding a whole tablet won't really gain you anything), and add it with 5 minutes remaining in the boil. Yes, 5 minutes is correct. According to the manufacturer, if Whirlfloc is in the boil for any longer than 10 minutes, the active ingredients become denatured and therefore will not do their job.

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humph, I've been adding them at 15min. Guess I've been wasting them.

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Bump to the top. Anybody have any input on this? I am doing my first all-grain this weekend and was planning on using Whirl-floc for the first time (haven't used it in my previous extract batches). However, in many of my recent extract batches, I have employed the hop-steeping technique, which I plan to use for this all-grain. So, do you think I should add the whirlfloc near the end of the steep instead of at 5 mins left in the boil?

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I'm holding a bottle of whirlfloc in my hand produced by LD Carlson. On their factory label it states 'add 1 tablet per 5-10 gallons within the last 15 min of boil'.

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Bump to the top. Anybody have any input on this? I am doing my first all-grain this weekend and was planning on using Whirl-floc for the first time (haven't used it in my previous extract batches). However, in many of my recent extract batches, I have employed the hop-steeping technique, which I plan to use for this all-grain. So, do you think I should add the whirlfloc near the end of the steep instead of at 5 mins left in the boil?
Ever since switching to all grain, a half tablet didn't seem to be enough. Not sure why. I tried 1 tablet at 10 mins and had a much better cold break. I also did a 20 minute hop stand and didn't seem to effect it at all.
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I'm holding a bottle of whirlfloc in my hand produced by LD Carlson. On their factory label it states 'add 1 tablet per 5-10 gallons within the last 15 min of boil'.

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Mine says that too, but I've heard and read plenty stating that this is wrong. Although, this last brew I used a whole tablet at 10 and had a much better cold break. When doing extract, I would add 1/2 at 5 mins and had excellent cold break. All grain has been yeilding different results though.
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I assume this used to help clear up the beer? I used it today in two extract batches I did.

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Since the hot steep isn't "boiling" I would imagine that the extra time wouldn't apply.

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I always have huge cold break adding it at 15 minutes

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I used it for the first time today and I swear my 2 batches I did today both seem to be cloudier then the other ones were without it. Should it help more as the fermentation progresses?

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