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Old 06-20-2007, 10:52 PM   #1
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Default Cocoa Powder and Krausen

I have my Double Chocolate Stout in primary right now.

After searching, I see many people have tried cocoa powder, but I've never seen this issue addressed.

I used the Scharffenberger cocoa powder, no additives in it. I mixed it with water and added the slurry to the boil. It did cause a huge foaming on addition to the wort, finally had my first boilover.

Anyway, fermentation started quickly and chugged away steadily. Now 5 days later, it appears to be finished, no bubbles whatsoever. The blowoff system is very well sealed, with no leaks. What I still have, is what appears to be a nice chocolate colored krausen sitting on top of the wort. At the very least, it looks like it will make the transfer to secondary a little touchy.

Has anyone else who's tried cocoa powder ever seen this?

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Old 06-21-2007, 06:04 AM   #2
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I havn't used Cocoa powder yet. Although, what you are describing sounds like the reason we have secondaries, at least to me. When you transfer, if you end up with some of that krausen in the secondary, it will have time to settle out.

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