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Probably not Irish moss (half of Whirlfloc) is a kettle coagulant. In a roiling boil the seaweed is like a snowball, crashing into and sticking to proteins. It needs that rolling action to clump. If your fermentation is still vigorous then you may get some benefit, but I'm not sure what role temperature plays. Let it sit longer Leave it in your ...
Gelatin is used post fermentation. Irish moss (and whirlfloc and supermoss) go in the boil. Sometimes you can get a bit of yeast or chill haze even with kettle finings. At that point you could try gelatin to fix it. Don't boil the gelatin - that makes jello. Instead, boil 1 cup of water by itself. Take off the heat for a minute or so then whisk in ...
There are no real drawbacks that I know of. It's odorless, translucent, and very nearly tasteless. I've used it as a fining agent in my secondary. It does the job a bit better than a cold crash does to drop fine particulates out of solution. You can make some nice clear beer with a gelatin fining. The only time I've had any problem is when I didn't ...
Irish moss and whirlfloc need to be used during rolling boil, and they stick to the proteins. On the other hand, post-boil clarifiers, such as isinglass or gelatin stick to the yeast. If you use them, you should then force carbonate your beer. So it's "no" to both, i suggest you leave 2 weeks in the secondary and your beer will be clear as crystal.
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