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Old 06-21-2008, 07:51 PM   #21
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What's wrong with spraying down the foam with a garden hose sprayer. Seems to work like a charm for me.
I got better things to do for 90 minutes than stand next to the keggle with a garden hose...like drink
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Old 06-23-2008, 12:30 AM   #22
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I usually only have to spray down for the first five minutes. After that, I get a good rolling boil with little foam. Plenty of time to tie one on!

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Old 06-23-2008, 12:59 AM   #23
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i have tried putting pennies into the boil kettle with varying luck.

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Old 06-23-2008, 01:06 AM   #24
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Boiling 13 gallons in a 20 gallon Blingmann works pretty well for preventing boil overs for me.

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Old 06-23-2008, 02:17 AM   #25
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"If it ain't about to boil over...it ain't boiling hard enough."
I don't really understand this. DMS is eliminated when the water is boiling at 212 degrees. The water is at 212 regardless if you have it on full blast and are boiling off 17-18% or if you turn down the flame to just enough to keep the boil.
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I don't really understand this. DMS is eliminated when the water is boiling at 212 degrees. The water is at 212 regardless if you have it on full blast and are boiling off 17-18% or if you turn down the flame to just enough to keep the boil.
There are more benefits to a hard boil than just ridding DMS.
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How though? The water is no hotter during a "hard boil" than just a regular boil. The only difference I see is that the evaporation rate is higher.

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I use fermcap, I love the stuff. Right as its about to boil I give it 2 drops and it foams up but only a little coat on the top. Then right after the first hop addition I give it another 4-6 drops. I boil 6.75gallon batches in a 7 gallon brewpot.

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Boiling 13 gallons in a 20 gallon Blingmann works pretty well for preventing boil overs for me.

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Does Fermcap have any negative effects on the finished product(Head retention, taste, etc...)?? I know they say it doesnt...just wondering from experience? And anyone have any idea what dimethylpolysiloxane really is?

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