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Old 03-15-2009, 10:50 PM   #1
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I gotta say I'm loving FermcapS, I've been using them on my stovetop PM's and they're great. I put in 3 drops per gallon while heating to a boil and it never offers to foam a bit. Here's a pic of the Hobgoblin II I'm brewing today in a 5.5 gallon pot with a tiny head space in the pot. I have a small pot of boiling water next to it to top off during the boil. After chilled this will be almost exactly 5 gallons with no fresh water top off required. Works for me!


 
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Old 03-16-2009, 02:00 PM   #2
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Yeah, I love that stuff too. I put a 5.5 gal batch in my 6gal fermenter, and forgot to leave room for my starter. By the time I poured in as much of my starter as I could, I was in the neck of the carboy. Few drops of fermcap and I did not even have to use a blow off tube!
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Old 03-16-2009, 04:52 PM   #3
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+1 for the Fermcap!
I do a 6.25 gal boil in a 7.5 gal pot and never have to worry. The stuff is worth its weight in gold

 
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Old 03-16-2009, 04:55 PM   #4
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I love the stuff in my starters and in my fermenters no more blow off tube.
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Old 03-16-2009, 08:06 PM   #5
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I have a question about this. Is the amount you use in the starter and boil enough to prevent blowoff in the carboy? Do you need to add more once its in the carboy?

 
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Old 03-16-2009, 08:43 PM   #6
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Whenever there is no active movement in the wort, the fermcap settles out in the trub. So after the boil it falls out with the break, and after fermentation it falls out in the trub. I usually add about 1/3-1/2 the recomended amount to the boil to prevent boilovers, and another 1/3-1/2 the amount when the krausen begins to rise.
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Old 03-16-2009, 11:28 PM   #7
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Thanks, thats what I needed.

 
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Old 03-24-2009, 07:00 PM   #8

As an FYI, Fermcap is simethicone - the same stuff used as an anti-gas treatment for babies. If you have young kids, you'll probably have the stuff on hand.

I just learned this when talking with some members of my HBC.

 
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Old 03-24-2009, 08:33 PM   #9
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As an FYI, Fermcap is simethicone - the same stuff used as an anti-gas treatment for babies. If you have young kids, you'll probably have the stuff on hand.

I just learned this when talking with some members of my HBC.

Soooo....I can just run out to the grocery store and pick up some baby gas drops?

 
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Old 03-24-2009, 09:05 PM   #10
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Careful of this:

"Used in the fermenter, it increases the bitterness of your beer (retained IBUs) by about 10%!"

 
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