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Old 09-14-2008, 11:26 AM   #1
Aug 2008
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What is the purpos of putting moss in your wort? Irish Moss, Sweet Moss what types are their and what does it do?

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Old 09-14-2008, 11:33 AM   #2
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Irish moss is a clarifying agent. Drop it in the last 5 minutes of the boil and it wll help clear your beer. Of course letting it sit in the primary for a month or using a secondary will also clear it up nicely. Not sure about Sweet moss...
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Old 09-14-2008, 11:35 AM   #3
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Irish moss is actually an algae that grows on the coast of Great Britain and North America. It's purpose in beer is to help coagulate proteins in the boil which results in a cleaner finished product.

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Old 09-14-2008, 12:05 PM   #4
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It's a protein thickener. A type of seaweed.
Only really needed if you are brewing with grains.
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Old 09-14-2008, 08:32 PM   #5
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Never even heard of sweet moss...I would advise against brewing with it
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Old 09-14-2008, 09:01 PM   #6
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I was looking at some misc brew gear on CraigsList. The guy wanted way to much for it, so I didn't buy it. But one of the items he was selling was "Peat Moss". I played dumb and asked him what the peat moss was for.
He knew it's use, just not it's name.
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