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Old 01-13-2009, 06:46 AM   #1
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Default Krausen, to remove or not. And, how?

I am brewing for the first time and the Krausen is building up. I have heard that it may be good to remove this from the fermenter. Is this true? And, if so, how would one go about getting it out of a glass carboy through that little hole?

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Old 01-13-2009, 06:50 AM   #2
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Ummmm NOT!
Don't touch the damn beer!
Just chill, crack a beer and wait a couple of weeks, enjoy the show....
Krausen is your friend, that ugly foamy stuff is the side affect of your yeasties farting in your beer.
They are farting because they ate the sugar you put in there, they fart C02 and piss alcohol.... so it's all good, you want gas and you want alcohol so just let the slaves do their work and bottle it after about 2 weeks and you will be fine.....

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Old 01-13-2009, 06:52 AM   #3
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Even the brown sludge on the top?

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Yes, even the brown stuff on top. Step away from the beer.

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Old 01-13-2009, 06:59 AM   #5
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It's so hard to just watch it! I want to do something! But OK.

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While its fermenting, that nasty looking stuff on top is your yeast doing its job. When fermentation subsides, that stuff on top will fall out, leaving clean brew.
Noun - The foamy, rocky head of yeast that forms at the peak of fermentation.
all you really want to get rid of if you can is the hops after a boil, after the fermentation try not to disturb the yeast that has settled to the bottom. Good luck

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Old 01-13-2009, 07:12 AM   #7
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i think i was reading in the joy of home brewing that the brown stuff contributes to the fusel alcohols when it drops back in the beer, but you're risking contamination too much if you try to get it out.

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Leave it alone for 10 days to 2 weeks. You can then take a gravity reading just before bottling or keging if you like. There is no need to mess with it otherwise. There is no need for secondary fermenters either. Always be sanitary when handling beer and use a sanitizer on anything that touches the beer.

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No serious fusels if you keep the temperature below about 22*c i think its about 70*f.
Just put down the scoop and back away from the beer...
Take up a hobby for a couple of weeks...

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i think i was reading in the joy of home brewing that the brown stuff contributes to the fusel alcohols when it drops back in the beer, but you're risking contamination too much if you try to get it out.
Charlie has since retracted this statement in light of current practice and new information. TCJOHB is rather dated in this respect.
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