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View Poll Results: What do you think of Foam Control/Fermcap Drops?
I've tried it -- love the stuff! 389 32.02%
I've tried it -- meh. 48 3.95%
I haven't tried it, but mean to. 507 41.73%
I haven't even heard of this before. 145 11.93%
Don't put that in my beer -- Reinheitsgebot baby! 126 10.37%
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Old 04-26-2008, 04:26 AM   #51
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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.
Now that's a great idea! Gotta try that. Thanks.


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Old 04-26-2008, 04:28 AM   #52
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how about: 6. haven't tried it, but why should I?



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Old 04-26-2008, 04:30 AM   #53
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how about: 6. haven't tried it, but why should I?
I am guessing you haven't read this thread? If not, the answer to 'why should I' is there.
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Old 04-26-2008, 01:34 PM   #54
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Tried this last Monday. I usually have to worry about regulating the burner at boilover time, but not with this stuff! I just let it run and it saved me probably 10 min of messing w/ the gas, waiting until the hot break fell. Now, the true test in about 4 weeks as to wether my beer tastes like a rubber hose. I don't think it will as I thought I read the silicate precipitates out.

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Old 04-26-2008, 05:29 PM   #55
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The foam control powder AHS sells also works great.

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Old 05-17-2008, 01:21 PM   #56
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I'm getting fired up to use this stuff. Some things I have noted through research; It is also used in cosmetic surgery, especially breast implants (when they used to use silicon). I have also found studies that show that elevated blood levels of silicon have been shown to prevent arterial plaques (heart disease). Silicon also binds with Aluminum in the body, and has been suggested as an anti-Alzheimer's agent. On the down side, the MSDS states that at temps above 150F, the compund can release formaldehyde vapors. http://209.85.173.104/search?q=cache:_5lGXEwc2goJ:www.brewerssupplygroup .com/pdf/brewing_aids/foam_control/FermCap%2520S%25205D01530%2520MSDS%2520Apr07%2520U pdate.pdf+fermcap-s&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=3&gl=us FWIW, this is a very similar compound to Gas-X, Mylicon, etc. (simethicone is the true name). You could probably put a few drops of Gas-X in the BK or fermenter and get the same effect.

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Old 05-18-2008, 06:23 PM   #57
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I just bought some foam control from morebeer.com because of this thread, but now I wondering how to store it. Should I put it in the fridge?

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I bought some Fermcap-S from Midwest this week. I took it out of the box and stuck it with my other ingredients on the counter. So yesterday I am going to brew up an American-ish Honey wheat and I finally get around to taking the bubble wrap off the bottle of Fermcap and it says "keep refridgerated"...Doh! So I am 1 inch from a big boil over and I put a few drop into the boil and instantly the foam goes totally away. Amazing. So now I have it in the fridge, but not having mine chilled for 5 days did nothing to harm it apparently.

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Just tried Fermcap-S last week. Wonderfull product! Never thought I could ferment in a five gallon carboy without a blow off tube. Now I can.

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I just bought some foam control from morebeer.com because of this thread, but now I wondering how to store it. Should I put it in the fridge?
Absolutely! You definitely want to store it in the fridge.


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