Originally Posted by YooperBrew
I just read a couple of articles on the powdered chrondrus crispus. I'm not sure that's what you want.
Now Yoop, you know I love ya honey but, what the hell do you think Gelatin is for?
Yeah. The actual form of the cell is helical and has an opposing charge to that of the proteins in the wort (forget which charge). as the wort cools the spirals start to constrict and trap the proteins. Eventually it all becomes too heavy to stay in suspension and drops out.
The boil causes the moss to go into solution but, it isn't really effective until the wort gets to 65*F and lower. It's meant to do the majority of it's work in the fermenter.