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Old 11-04-2009, 03:02 PM   #1
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Default Filtering Irish Moss / Protein? Clumps

I used a bunch of irish moss on my current AAA and am cold crashing to get some of the clumps down. I will be transfering from a 6 gallon carboy to a 5 gallon carboy for a little more conditioning/aging. Since I am going from carboy to carboy I won't be able to use a colander to clear up the beer.

Does anyone have any advice on how to strain the irish moss clumps out of their beer prior to bottling? It's done a killer job on clarifying the beer, I just don't want chunks in the final product.


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Old 11-04-2009, 03:18 PM   #2
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Aeration is a concern at this point in your brew. I would just try to leave it behind when you siphon from one to the other. How much Irish Moss did you use? Anything over 1 to 2 teaspoons was probably overkill...


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Old 11-04-2009, 03:59 PM   #3
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It wasn't anymore than 1 or 2. I'll just cold crash and try to leave behind. Thanks.
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Old 11-04-2009, 05:05 PM   #4
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I agree with JMSetzler--rack just CAREFULLY, and well above the trub layer. If you still get chunks, maybe do it another time down the road.
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Old 11-04-2009, 05:10 PM   #5
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Are you using an auto-siphon to transfer? If so, just attach a hop bag to the siphon end with some sterilized rubber bands and you're golden.
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Old 11-04-2009, 05:45 PM   #6
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I just racked off, it wasn't too difficult.

What are those chunks I see btw?
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You shouldn't be seeing chunks of iris moss. I'm not sure what you might be seeing...
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Old 11-05-2009, 03:14 AM   #8
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Wait, you used Irish moss in the fermenter? Irish moss is a kettle fining.
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Yeah, there are other finings (including gelatin) that you can use while fermenting, but you use the moss at the end of the boil. Cold crashing alone ought to do a pretty good job at clearing the beer.
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I used it in the boil. There are clumps of stuff which I avoided spyhoning after cold crashing. The beer is as clear as I'll get it. Just wondering what those chunks are. I should have taken a picture.

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