Originally Posted by jbaysurfer
Fermcap works, its safe and it drops out of the beer. It does not effect head retention...at all. You use synthetic chemicals to clean and sanitize things that come in contact with your beer, in most cases you use plastics to ferment/handle your beer (sample taker, autosiphon, racking cane)...fermcap is no less safe then any of these things.
Everyone gets to decide what works best for them, I just won my first best of show last weekend and got 4 gold medals, so I just recommended what works for me, and I'm feeling pretty confident in the results
Well congrats on your successes, but I absolutely disagree with your statement. I don't see how medals replace a chemistry degree. Just because it doesn't affect your beer, doesn't mean it's not toxic for your body.
I can make almond extract using peach pits, or I can make almond extract using compounds dirrived from bananas and vinegar. Both taste like almond extract, but the extract dirrived from peach pits contain traces of arsenic. Eat enough of that, and you die.
As an off topic subject, to make it more interesting, labels would allow the peach pit extract to be labeled as NATURAL flavors while the banana vinegar would be artificial. So natural is not always better...
Anyway... I would assume since FDA put forth a regulation for breweries who use fermcap s to filter their beer, it's not safe for consumption and/or does not drop out entirely. There's fermcap AT that apparently doesn't need filtering.
I don't see the logic of it being as safe as using a plastic racking cane. That's like saying putting oil in your beer is as safe as dipping a tire in it. The oil might float to the top, but is it out of the beer if you rack everything from under it?
I don't see a problem in you choosing to use it, but I would suggest not going around telling people it's safe because your beer that you used Fercap in has been awarded a medal. I would hate for your tombstone to say, "Here lies a man whose fermcap beer made him gold. He would still be brewing, but the fermcap turned him cold."