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Old 08-31-2009, 01:54 PM   #1
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Default Six little drops made such an improvement in my brew day

I used fermcap drops in my brewpot for the first time yesterday and wow what a difference it made. I typically boil 7 gallons in my 8 gallon brewpot and up till now I had to be very careful of boilovers. Not now. Just a few drops of fermcap allowed me to boil harder and I could not only turn my back on the boil but I was able to go about cleaning my MLT etc. instead of having to sit and watch and constantly adjust the flame. I think the fermcap saved me nearly half an hour overall. Great stuff

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Old 08-31-2009, 01:58 PM   #2
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+1 on Fermcap. Just bought the stuff and it is AMAZING for starter and boilovers!

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I did my first brew with Fermcap yesterday, too. Six drops in 6 gallons of wort in a 7 gallon turkey fryer. It was the first time I didn't have a boilover. It didn't even try to rise out of the pot. Awesome, awesome stuff.

I added another 5 drops when I transferred it into my fermenter. Not sure if it was necessary but I wanted to play it safe since it's my first time using a 6 gallon Better Bottle and don't want to risk a blowoff.

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Old 08-31-2009, 02:46 PM   #4
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+1 on Fermcap. Just bought the stuff and it is AMAZING for starter and boilovers!
The last time I boiled my starter in a flask without FermcapS it turned into Mt. Vesuvius on my stovetop. Ye gods, what a mess. Two drops of FermcapS makes boilovers a thing of the past. It really is amazing! I won't brew without it any more.

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The last time I boiled my starter in a flask without FermcapS it turned into Mt. Vesuvius on my stovetop. Ye gods, what a mess. Two drops of FermcapS makes boilovers a thing of the past. It really is amazing! I won't brew without it any more.

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Unfortunately my stove is electric and i cant make a starter in the flask. But it does let me do an 1800 ml started in a 2000 ml without the krausen blowing out
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God I can't say enough good things about Fermcap... Its probably the best thing ever on my brew day... And even though it was like $6 for a tiny vial of it... the thing lasts forever! Fermcap... I LOVE YOU! Lol

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Threadjack: Does fermcap keep a krausen from forming at all in the fermenter? Man, I bet that looks weird. What would a wheat beer be without a 6" tall krausen?!?
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Threadjack: Does fermcap keep a krausen from forming at all in the fermenter? Man, I bet that looks weird. What would a wheat beer be without a 6" tall krausen?!?
I used it in a braggot I did that was about 5 3/4 gallons in my 6 gallon Better Bottle. It still krausened and blew-off a little bit, but not as spectacular a blow-off as it could have been - the recipe called for 5tsp of yeast nutrient. When I read the bottle it recommends 1/2tsp per 5 gallon batch

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I can't believe I waited so long before trying Fermcap... just recently started using it since I'm doing starters in a 2000ml Erlenmeyer flask.

Now I won't brew without it.

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Threadjack: Does fermcap keep a krausen from forming at all in the fermenter? Man, I bet that looks weird. What would a wheat beer be without a 6" tall krausen?!?
damn, that's a good question...I believe a krauzen still forms it just prevents it from foaming over....though I can't say I have ever paid attention to whether or not a krauzen actually forms or not...I'm pretty sure it does.

on another note, you know you are no-longer a fermcap boil newb, when you can go take a nap (or surf HBT in another room) between your 60 and 30 minute hop additions, with no worries....and loss of sleep.

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