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Old 03-07-2008, 12:48 AM   #1
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Default um...about this "don't fear the foam" thing

Brewed an extract recipe from the NB american amber ale kit this afternoon. It was the 1st time I used my new immersion chiller (recirculated ice water through a small pump) and star-san. Now, i've read quite a few places to not fear the foam...mixed up 5 gallons in the primary, then inverted the bottle to drain into my bottling bucket. There was a ton of foam left over but i didn't rinse and added my chilled wort.
My concern is this: with a 6.5 gallon carboy there was a whole lot of foam still left in the headspace...more than i anticipated. So, anything to be concerned about?

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Old 03-07-2008, 12:50 AM   #2
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The foam is now extra special yeast nutrient....So don't sweat it...the yeasties love it....

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Don't Fear the Reaper!
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The Foam is like a buffet for the yeast.
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Next time, only make up 1/2 gallon or so and swirl it around a couple of times to sanitize.
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NOOOOO!!!! The foam will make your beer taste like ASS!!!! It will be AWFUL!!!!

Or at least it would be - if Star San wasn't a totally awesome product that makes almost every step of brewing much easier. I bet your beer will be great
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When I rack into a carboy, sometimes the foam comes out in a cylinder that gets almost 2ft high before falling over!!! Star san is all I have ever used and I love it. I keep a spray bottle handy and right before I slide my racking cane into my beer, I give it a quick spritz.


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