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View Poll Results: What do you think of Foam Control/Fermcap Drops?
I've tried it -- love the stuff! 403 31.68%
I've tried it -- meh. 48 3.77%
I haven't tried it, but mean to. 535 42.06%
I haven't even heard of this before. 152 11.95%
Don't put that in my beer -- Reinheitsgebot baby! 134 10.53%
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Old 10-23-2008, 06:08 PM   #71
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If anyone around the Seattle area knows of a LHBS that carries this please let me know. Otherwise... i'll be putting an order in to Northern brewer as I really gotta try this.

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Old 10-23-2008, 07:31 PM   #72
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I've never tried it but I'm sure it works. I voted Rheinheitsghabut or however the hell you spell it...I do like the Rheinheitsghabutters do and add hops during lautering (FWH) which helps with initial hot break/boil over. Once the boil over knocks down there isn't really a problem and I do crazy hard boils, and I almost never get blow offs. (wish I did, I like the blow offs)
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Old 10-23-2008, 07:37 PM   #73
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Haven't had a problem yet!

Wait, they give awards for foam control? That's awesome!





j/k I'm jealous.
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Old 10-23-2008, 07:57 PM   #74
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I used it for the first time this weekend on a 13 gal boil (in a keggle). It worked as I expected it to to prevent a boilover, but a great side-effect was that i didn't have to keep scraping the hops off the side of the kettle back into the wort! I'm convinced. I'll be using it on all of my batches.
I have a good buddy who is a brewer for Bighorn Brewing, he comes by to sit in for brew sessions from time to time. While I was scraping hops back into the kettle he said that as soon as those things hit the wort, they pretty much do their thing so scraping them back in was not really that important.

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Old 10-23-2008, 09:02 PM   #75
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I have a good buddy who is a brewer for Bighorn Brewing, he comes by to sit in for brew sessions from time to time. While I was scraping hops back into the kettle he said that as soon as those things hit the wort, they pretty much do their thing so scraping them back in was not really that important.

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I find that very hard to believe or we'd have alot of "tea bagging" brewers out there taking their hops out of the kettle as soon as they had done "their thing". While it may be true that once the alpha acids are out of the hops and into the wort you could take out the hops, it seems unlikely that the hops give up their alpha acids right away or you wouldn't have to dry hop for more than a few minutes to impart the hop goodness. Even with hop pellets I would expect a significant period of time would be necessary to extract the acids into the wort and you can loose a ton of hop material (especially using pellets) to that initial boil over. While I wouldn't get bunged up about scraping hop material back in I also wouldn't say it won't help your hop utilization and avoiding having to deal with it at all is pretty attractive.
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:48 AM   #76
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I find that very hard to believe or we'd have alot of "tea bagging" brewers out there taking their hops out of the kettle as soon as they had done "their thing". While it may be true that once the alpha acids are out of the hops and into the wort you could take out the hops, it seems unlikely that the hops give up their alpha acids right away or you wouldn't have to dry hop for more than a few minutes to impart the hop goodness. Even with hop pellets I would expect a significant period of time would be necessary to extract the acids into the wort and you can loose a ton of hop material (especially using pellets) to that initial boil over. While I wouldn't get bunged up about scraping hop material back in I also wouldn't say it won't help your hop utilization and avoiding having to deal with it at all is pretty attractive.
Key words here, "not that important" and also maybe if you were "dry hopping" at 212 you would only need a minute or so (hops at flame out)
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Old 11-09-2008, 07:41 PM   #77
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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.
You do not need to refrigerate fermcap. Just keep it below 85F. It probably is not a bad idea to refrigerate it though. Check this out for more info.
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:47 PM   #78
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Anyone know if AB Vickers FoamSol is the same stuff?

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I lost my brand new bottle when I moved, so I still have not been able to try it out...

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Old 02-06-2009, 04:37 PM   #80
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What, if any, downsides are there to using fermcap?

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