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Old 02-03-2008, 04:03 PM   #21
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Bob, the owner of my LHBS, told me that Whirfloc contains a small amount of gelatin. This for me is the biggest difference because there are several people I want to share homebrew with who are vegan.
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Old 02-03-2008, 04:13 PM   #22
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Bob, the owner of my LHBS, told me that Whirfloc contains a small amount of gelatin.
I thought this sounded a little odd, so I did some searching. The product data sheet confirms that Whirlfloc doesn't contain any gelatin (or any other animal based products).
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Old 02-03-2008, 05:36 PM   #23
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Do you add irish moss straight to the wert or should i use a mesh bag?
Don't use a bag. You're supposed to rehydrate it in warm water before adding it, but several people here just throw it in dry, and say they get good results.

 
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Old 02-28-2008, 12:54 AM   #24
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Anyone ever heard that you shouldn't use whirlfloc in extract based beers?

I think I may have read this in Palmer's book in one of his charts.

 
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Old 02-28-2008, 12:55 AM   #25
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Anyone ever heard that you shouldn't use whirlfloc in extract based beers?

I think I may have read this in Palmer's book in one of his charts.
This thread covers the subject pretty well I think. It addresses irish moss specifically but I think it applies to any kettle fining agent.
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Old 01-20-2014, 03:27 AM   #26
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Hey guys,
Okay, I'm asking because I'm a new guy. I've been doind canned wort extracts with hopped LME. I have only started to hear about this, but here's my question:

What the heck is whirlflock? A clarifying agent? I don't get it. I thought the beer I made was pretty clear and tasted great and I never added this to it. Can someone explain this please? I get it, it binds to proteins but what does it do to the final product?

So confused!!

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Old 06-23-2016, 03:01 AM   #27
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I've been using irish moss for about 50 brews. I never get chill-haze anymore (the reason i started using it), and i usually have good clarity, although i'm sure i could improve it with filters. Rehydrating? Why? You put it in 5 gallons of boiling water, what do you think is going to happen? I just pitch it in the kettle, no bag. The only reason i would switch to whirlfloc is because I brew outside. Two times in my last 50 brews the wind flipped my plastic measuring teaspoon and scattered my moss. So i had to get another scoop of the stuff. Paying 2x as much doesn't justify 2 scoops (not like they both aren't super cheap). If anyone has done a serious comparison, and brewed the same batch 2x (one with whirlfloc, one with straight irish moss), we'd all love to hear if there were any noticeable differences.

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Old 06-23-2016, 03:10 AM   #28
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Old 10-26-2016, 06:11 PM   #29
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Hi,
regarding "necro posts" --> If you use "Google custom search" field in the upper right corner of this side, it usually returns quite old posts at the first places.

But regarding irish moss --> I tried it first time today. I did a ~6.6 gal (25L) batch of extract irish extra stout. I just threw it into last 18 minutes of the boil. Here are my findings:
  1. It smells like a fish tank Unfortunately I was able to smell it during the boil. So I started to worry about the idea of using it. I hope this is normal and the smell will not be present in the beer after fermentation. The smell was disappearing with the boil, but I could smell it slightly even at flame out.
  2. It looks it cleared the beer pretty nice. But when I compared this batch to the previous ones without irish moss, I noticed there was no nice heap of the hops in the center of the kettle (after whirlpool). Is this normal when using irish moss?

 
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Old 11-21-2016, 08:34 PM   #30
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I tasted the beer I made using the irish moss. The beer is great. No "fish tank" smell or taste So I will continue using the irish moss.

 
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