View Full Version : Irish Moss as a fining/clearing agent

09-05-2013, 12:57 PM
Read in another thread someone used this in their mead. Anyone else use this an how do you use it? Would it be something I could drop in the night before I plan on racking?

09-05-2013, 01:31 PM
Irish moss typically added to the boil of beer wort. Don't think it will help you much in this case. Do a "Search" on Gotmead on Irish moss for other posts.

09-05-2013, 02:17 PM
I did. Didn't see much.

Jim H
09-05-2013, 05:40 PM
I use it for beer. I have the dried seaweed bits that I have to boil for 15 minutes or so. I put it in the end of the wort boil. But, it fines there positive particles and you still need to use something that will fine out negative particles. Bentonite will do this. If I were to use it for mead, I might try a quarter tsp per gallon, boil in a little water, strain, cool, and pour it in. Don't know if I'd put it in at primary, or put it in at final rack. Maybe either is good, but I haven't tried it for mead... better get that from a better source than me.

Chevette Girl
09-05-2013, 08:18 PM
I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that this only becoms effective once it's been boiled, so not so good on a no-boil mead.

Night before racking? Good luck with that, my experiences with bentonite have had overnight results once, and one other time it took a few weeks.

09-05-2013, 09:26 PM
Just thoughts /shrug I kinda like the cloudy ;)

09-09-2013, 11:19 AM
I grow the stuff in my garden !!! Can't imagine there is a culinary or brewing use for it...

09-09-2013, 11:55 AM
I believe the 'Irish Moss' used for fining is a type of algae. There are land plants also called Irish Moss, but I've found nothing about them being used for anything but landscaping.

09-09-2013, 01:39 PM
Specifically Chondrus crispus a red salt water algae / seaweed

Midnight Sun
09-09-2013, 10:27 PM
As others have said, does no good for mead. Unless it is a braggot.

Irish moss helps coagulate proteins that are found in beer wort. Its use is debatable for worts with significant amounts of extract. Definitely helpful for all grain batches.