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Old 02-11-2013, 02:20 AM   #1
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Is there any reason to remove the krausen before it falls back into the beer?

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Old 02-11-2013, 02:24 AM   #2
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Nope.. You will only raise your chance of getting any infection. Just let the yeast do what they do..

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Old 02-11-2013, 02:25 AM   #3
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I have never heard of doing so. What would the potential benefit be? Leave it alone. Probably more risk of infection or oxidation from trying to do so IMO. It doesn't hurt it. Let the yeast do what they do, krausen be damned.

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Old 02-11-2013, 02:26 AM   #4
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You beat me to it.

What the previous post said.

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Old 02-11-2013, 02:26 AM   #5
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Nope, I never mess with it. It doesnt look pretty, but thats it. Dont risk infecting your brew.

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Old 02-11-2013, 02:39 AM   #6
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Nein..! Das krausen is goot..! Keepen das mittens offen das beir and letz das foamen comen up und down..!

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Old 02-11-2013, 04:25 AM   #7
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Only if you really want to mess up your beer. Krausen is a "fine" mess. Tells you things are working. leave it be, clean the the bathroom if you need something to do.

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Old 02-11-2013, 03:03 PM   #8
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Thanks for the info. I haven't touched it! But for some reason thought that some people removed it

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When I do a pseudo-open fermentation with German Weissbiers I skim the krausen for the first couple of days. I just do this to keep the mess from the krausen under control, rather than to effect taste. FYI, many German Weiss breweries skim or crop the krausen throughout fermentation. I'd say it's nit necessary for homebrewers.

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Is there any reason to remove the krausen before it falls back into the beer?
John Palmer has written that the dark blotches on the krausen are full of stuff that makes the beer overly bitter, but most of that stuff gets stuck to the side of the fermentor, so it's not really necessary to skim it off.

But it would make for a good experiment. Brew 10 gallons of wort and dump the contents into two buckets. Skim the krausen off of one beer and don't on the other one, and see if one tastes better than the other one, or if there really is no difference.
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