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Old 03-15-2012, 01:55 AM   #1
mthelm85
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I used Whirlfloc for the first time on my last brew (I don't know what the hell took me so long to decide to buy some) and I am super impressed. My brown ale turned out crystal clear and actually had more head and better head retention than any beer I've ever brewed. I don't know if Whirlfloc contributed to the head or if it was the more vigorous boil but this beer has to be the finest I've brewed to date, at least cosmetically. There were all kinds of nasty looking globules of crap floating around in my carboy, of which most settled out nicely to the bottom. I had a couple of floaters but I was able to rack the beer to the bottling bucket without much trouble.

I'll never brew without Whirlfloc again. This beer could stand next to ANY commercially brewed and FILTERED brown ale and look just as good. More importantly, the taste is amazing! It tastes and smells exactly like a freshly baked loaf of bread. The only thing I might do different next time is increase the caramel malt to add a touch more sweetness to balance out all those toasted and roasted flavors.

 
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:04 AM   #2
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I had a couple of floaters
seriously, they're both to credit for this. the boil breaks down the protein, the whirlfloc binds onto it and pulls it down. congrats on another homebrewing success
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:21 AM   #3
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I heard it was not to be used for extract-extended recipes. I do mostly partial mash brewing for now. Should I try it?
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:52 AM   #4
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Here it is held up to my kitchen light. The beer looks a lot more brown when not held directly up to the light but you can see how clear it is here.



Also, she laces like a Belgian.....tell me that this is not some of the best beer porn you've seen in a while.

 
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:58 AM   #5
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Was that an all grain batch? Nice lacing! Never got that in any of mine.
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Old 03-15-2012, 03:09 AM   #6
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Was that an all grain batch? Nice lacing! Never got that in any of mine.
Yep, all grain. I've never had one that laced so nicely either, this is the first time. The only thing I did different was I boiled the living sh!t out of it and I used Whirlfloc. I usually don't boil so vigorously but my efficiency was a bit lower than expected and I didn't have any malt extract on hand so I decided just to boil the hell out of it to hit my OG. I lucked out and hit my OG exactly but only ended up with 4.7 gallons instead of 5.

I think for my next batch I'm going to adjust my numbers and plan on boiling it really vigorously to see if that results in head retention like this every time. This head is the thickest, creamiest head I've ever had on one of my beers. It's like the head you would expect from a Guinness.

 
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