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Old 08-10-2009, 10:35 PM   #11
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The etymology and definition of flocculent has to do with the wool like appearance of the precipitate.

That and I tend to drink when I look up things like Irish Moss and flocculent. cross: So, either way, thanks for the correction.

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Old 08-11-2009, 02:19 AM   #12
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I used Irish Moss (actually Whirfloc tabs) for the first time last brew, an Abby, which I just racked to secondary a few moments ago. The is my first beer that appears like it will come out visually stunning. It was so clear coming out of the primary. It caused so many solids to fall out I would say I lost about four inches to "mud" in the primary. I actually racked for a second or two into the cake because I was concerned there wouldn't be enough yeast to bottle. Granted this had been in primary for over three weeks, but I left my cream ale in longer and that was much worse. I am going to bottle at the end of the first week of September so it will be ready for that October chill.

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Old 08-11-2009, 09:49 AM   #13
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I have made beers with and without it. I will say it helps on clearing the beer if that is important to you, it also helps with chill haze as it takes out a lot of proteins.

Some of my lighter beers I like to brew and give to friends and tell them the label floated away in bleached ice water (some of my friends believe anything), and if they can tell what type of beer it is.

With Irish Moss I actually get some surprising BMC answers. They are shocked when I tell them its homebrew.

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Old 08-12-2009, 12:29 AM   #14
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I used one whirlock tablet in Biermunchers Octoberfast - pulled a one week gravity yesterday and the beer is brilliantly clear. This beer used the highly flocculent S04 which means the yeast cleans up fast.

I used one whilflock tablet in Biermunchers Tits Up IPA - pulled a one week gravity yesterday and the beer is very yeasty. This beer used the not so flocculent S05.

Past brews with Whirlflock have resulted in really clear beers. The point is, for me, whirlflock doesn't make non-flocculent yeast more so. It does help clear up trub and other debris that finds it way into your fermenter. I still have to cold crash - or wait a few days and pitch the first couple pints of beer with low-floc yeasts.

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Old 08-12-2009, 12:51 AM   #15
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I noticed this was your first post if your brewing extract there is no need for irish moss

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