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View Poll Results: What do you think of Foam Control/Fermcap Drops?
I've tried it -- love the stuff! 398 31.74%
I've tried it -- meh. 48 3.83%
I haven't tried it, but mean to. 525 41.87%
I haven't even heard of this before. 151 12.04%
Don't put that in my beer -- Reinheitsgebot baby! 132 10.53%
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Old 04-03-2008, 04:16 PM   #41
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I added 7 drops of Anti-foam to my last batch right at boil start and it completely stopped a boil over. I also thought that this would stop any blowoff or at the least keep it in control. I have never had so much blowoff. the beer is a pale ale with 1056 which I have had great results with before. I usually only have maybe a cup worth of blow off foam. With this batch I had constant blow off for 3 days.

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Old 04-03-2008, 07:51 PM   #42
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Personally, I will kiss the bared ass of the guy that invented foam control!
Hear, hear! I've been using Fermcap-S for years and years and swear by it. I used to only put it in my primary, but I've also put it in my kettle for the last few batches, and it is wonderful. I have never had a problem with head retention, off flavors, or anything else i could attribute to Fermcap-S.

Do be aware that this stuff can get old on you, although it takes a while. I used a very old bottle in a batch one time and still got some blowoff. However, I never kept that bottle in the refrigerator, and the stuff in it has separated. This bottle was at least a few years old, though. I found it in some of my other stuff and thought I would give it a try.

Also, I understand that using it does not violate the Reinheitsgebot, either, as it comes completely out of the beer. I have never actually confirmed that, not that it makes much difference, unless you are brewing in Germany for the German market.


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Old 04-12-2008, 02:52 AM   #43
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I can't believe I waited so long to try this stuff. I put 7 drops in my boil tonight and had no problem boiling 7 gallons in a 30 quart pot. The wort was about an inch from the top of the pot and didn't boil over. I will use this in evey batch until I can get a bigger boil kettle.

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Old 04-12-2008, 04:03 AM   #44
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Not going in my beer...

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Old 04-12-2008, 04:08 AM   #45
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I just tried this product yesterday and I have to say it worked like a charm. Never once had to worry about a boilover even with the burner turned all the way up.

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Old 04-14-2008, 02:05 PM   #46
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I am quite excited, as my LHBS is looking at options to start carrying it. I've had to mail order it before.


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Old 04-14-2008, 10:35 PM   #47
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Ordered! Next brew session will tell.

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Old 04-26-2008, 04:10 AM   #48
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Fantastic stuff! I love using it in my starters. No more burned hand, peeling skin, from boil overs.

I dump whole starter into wort so I think I do get carryover to fermentation and I don't get nearly the blow off I would get without fermcap. Good bye blow off hose! Yee Haaa!

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Old 04-26-2008, 04:13 AM   #49
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It works well for taking gravity samples as well... get rid of the head real fast. Just put a drop in your sample tub, shake it around and wait for 20 seconds. No head and a much better reading.

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Old 04-26-2008, 04:25 AM   #50
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Last weekend I tried it for the first time, in both my starter and the boil. Both were a pleasure, with virtually NO chance of boilover. Boiling wort in an erlenmeyer flask is usually a very fiddly procedure, but just one drop took all the risk out of it. Plus, I was able to get a much more active boil going in my 7.5 gallon pot, which has got to be a good thing.

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