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Old 03-15-2009, 07:18 PM   #1
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Default Oh S**T! I forgot to add Whirlfloc

I forgot to add my whirlfloc tablet in my boil. I pitched last night and fermentation has not started. What to do?

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Old 03-15-2009, 07:20 PM   #2
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RDWHAHB. Whirfloc isn't a must.

Oh, and read this: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/ferm...e-signs-43635/

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Old 03-15-2009, 07:23 PM   #3
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You can use gelatin a few hours before you bottle. That works better for me than Irish moss or whirlfloc anyway.

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RDWHAHB. Whirfloc isn't a must.

Oh, and read this: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/ferm...e-signs-43635/
That's cool. Maybe I'll just leave it as is. Not worried about fermentation. But thinking about boiling a little water, dissolving the whirlfloc and adding it.

Does whirlfloc / irish moss only aid in filtration and clarity of beer?
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Does whirlfloc / irish moss only aid in filtration and clarity of beer?
Yes, it aids floculation. It settles all the bits better. It's no big deal though. You can add gelatin or just leave it longer in the fermenter. No harm done whatsoever.
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Old 03-15-2009, 07:38 PM   #6
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Whirlfloc and irish moss are boil kettle additions, don't add them to your beer later. Use gelatin as suggested. But really don't worry about it, leave it an extra couple weeks in primary or secondary and it will be just as clear.

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to avoid this problem, i started putting my wirfloc tab in my 15 min hop addition bowl, this way i cannot forget it unless i forget a hop addition, which is highly unlikely.


i have two beers in the fridge for the last two weeks, one got a wirfloc, and one did not. they are both as clear as water. unfortunately we had a problem with our heater during fermentation, so one tastes like fricken bananas
but damn does it look good!

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I didn't use anything like that in my last brew (irish moss, gelatin, etc) and had no problems with flocculation. It's really not a necessity. I do two weeks in primary and two in secondary and it came out great.

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I didn't use anything like that in my last brew (irish moss, gelatin, etc) and had no problems with flocculation. It's really not a necessity. I do two weeks in primary and two in secondary and it came out great.
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Old 03-15-2009, 08:32 PM   #10
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Or you could drink your beer cloudy:

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