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View Poll Results: What do you think of Foam Control/Fermcap Drops?
I've tried it -- love the stuff! 399 31.59%
I've tried it -- meh. 48 3.80%
I haven't tried it, but mean to. 530 41.96%
I haven't even heard of this before. 152 12.03%
Don't put that in my beer -- Reinheitsgebot baby! 134 10.61%
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Old 03-19-2008, 04:33 AM   #31
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Suggested useage is 2 drops per gallon, you can usually get by with 1/2 that.

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Old 03-19-2008, 04:34 AM   #32
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my LHBS has never heard of it. He's got some powdered crap you can add to primary, but no liquids.

what's a good online vendor to order it from??
I know NB carries it, I think Midwest does as well.
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Old 03-19-2008, 04:49 AM   #33
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I bought mine from morebeer.com. Austin homebrew has it to. Pretty much any large HBS seems to carry it now.

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Old 03-19-2008, 07:51 AM   #34
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You said that, when used for fermentation control, it stays in the trub. Does this affect yeast washing, or will it settle out then as well?

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Old 03-19-2008, 01:05 PM   #35
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midwest does have it i live about 20 minutes from there and picked some up last time I was there

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Old 03-19-2008, 01:59 PM   #36
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You said that, when used for fermentation control, it stays in the trub. Does this affect yeast washing, or will it settle out then as well?
It should mostly settle out. Even if it didn't I can't see how it would hurt anything. The stuff is quite inert, so it shouldn't harm your stored yeast.
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Old 03-19-2008, 11:21 PM   #37
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So I wanted to see how expensive this would be. For the $6.99 fermcap stuff (4 fl oz) at NB:

(1 batch/10 drops) x (1 drop/0.05 mL) x (1 mL/0.03381 fl oz) x (4 fl oz/1 bottle) =

236.6 batches per bottle. Sounds good to me.

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Old 03-22-2008, 11:00 AM   #38
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So, it was suggested earlier that head-building proteins get stuck in the krausen, and can be lost through blow-off. I don't think I can get fermcap quickly enough for the weizen I want to brew today, but 3068 is a notorious blower-off (and I'll be fermenting 5G+ in a 6G BB ). So basically, as I watch the krausen fly out the blowoff tube, should I be kissing my head retention goodbye on this batch? Or is the difference between blown-off and not-~ negligible?

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You'll still get good head retention, even with the blowoff. Been there, done that. Keep your ferm temp low and it will help. I think it also makes a better beer fermenting at 62 f.

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You'll still get good head retention, even with the blowoff. Been there, done that. Keep your ferm temp low and it will help. I think it also makes a better beer fermenting at 62 f.
Yeah, I just listened to the Jamil Show on Bavarian Weizen, and he was really pushing the cool fermentation for this. 62˚. I'm also stoked because he convinced me to try a decoction, although I think I'm going to just decoct for the mashout. I'm really excited for this beer.
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