HBT 2015 Big Giveaway - This is it - Final Weekend to Enter!

Huge Supporting Membership Discounts - 20% Off - Final Weekend!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > Let's talk about Foam Control drops (aka Fermcap)
View Poll Results: What do you think of Foam Control/Fermcap Drops?
I've tried it -- love the stuff! 407 31.70%
I've tried it -- meh. 49 3.82%
I haven't tried it, but mean to. 541 42.13%
I haven't even heard of this before. 152 11.84%
Don't put that in my beer -- Reinheitsgebot baby! 135 10.51%
Voters: 1284. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 04-26-2008, 04:26 AM   #51
FlyGuy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
FlyGuy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Posts: 3,618
Liked 149 Times on 43 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by atarlecky
It works well for taking gravity samples as well... get rid of the head real fast. Just put a drop in your sample tub, shake it around and wait for 20 seconds. No head and a much better reading.
Now that's a great idea! Gotta try that. Thanks.
FlyGuy is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2008, 04:28 AM   #52
TwoHeadsBrewing
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Chico, CA
Posts: 3,930
Liked 32 Times on 29 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default Need another option...

how about: 6. haven't tried it, but why should I?
__________________

Fermenting: ESB
Kegged: Extra IPA, Brown Ale, American Wheat, Blackheart Stout
Coming Up: Dunkleweizen, 3C Pale Ale


DIY Fermentation Chamber
More Brew Stuff
TwoHeadsBrewing is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2008, 04:30 AM   #53
FlyGuy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
FlyGuy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Posts: 3,618
Liked 149 Times on 43 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TwoHeadsBrewing
how about: 6. haven't tried it, but why should I?
I am guessing you haven't read this thread? If not, the answer to 'why should I' is there.
FlyGuy is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2008, 01:34 PM   #54
chillHayze
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
chillHayze's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Columbus OH
Posts: 1,589
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts

Default

Tried this last Monday. I usually have to worry about regulating the burner at boilover time, but not with this stuff! I just let it run and it saved me probably 10 min of messing w/ the gas, waiting until the hot break fell. Now, the true test in about 4 weeks as to wether my beer tastes like a rubber hose. I don't think it will as I thought I read the silicate precipitates out.
__________________
RDWHAHB
Every little thing is gonna be alright.

chillHayze is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2008, 05:29 PM   #55
ArcaneXor
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 4,533
Liked 103 Times on 95 Posts
Likes Given: 30

Default

The foam control powder AHS sells also works great.
ArcaneXor is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2008, 01:21 PM   #56
ScubaSteve
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
ScubaSteve's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: New Bern, NC
Posts: 3,692
Liked 70 Times on 52 Posts
Likes Given: 11

Default

I'm getting fired up to use this stuff. Some things I have noted through research; It is also used in cosmetic surgery, especially breast implants (when they used to use silicon). I have also found studies that show that elevated blood levels of silicon have been shown to prevent arterial plaques (heart disease). Silicon also binds with Aluminum in the body, and has been suggested as an anti-Alzheimer's agent. On the down side, the MSDS states that at temps above 150F, the compund can release formaldehyde vapors. http://209.85.173.104/search?q=cache...lnk&cd=3&gl=us FWIW, this is a very similar compound to Gas-X, Mylicon, etc. (simethicone is the true name). You could probably put a few drops of Gas-X in the BK or fermenter and get the same effect.
ScubaSteve is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2008, 06:23 PM   #57
mew
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 853
Liked 8 Times on 4 Posts

Default

I just bought some foam control from morebeer.com because of this thread, but now I wondering how to store it. Should I put it in the fridge?
mew is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2008, 01:48 AM   #58
bighandsray
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Chadds Ford, PA
Posts: 93
Default

I bought some Fermcap-S from Midwest this week. I took it out of the box and stuck it with my other ingredients on the counter. So yesterday I am going to brew up an American-ish Honey wheat and I finally get around to taking the bubble wrap off the bottle of Fermcap and it says "keep refridgerated"...Doh! So I am 1 inch from a big boil over and I put a few drop into the boil and instantly the foam goes totally away. Amazing. So now I have it in the fridge, but not having mine chilled for 5 days did nothing to harm it apparently.
bighandsray is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2008, 02:12 AM   #59
Redweasel
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Redweasel's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Kansas City, MO
Posts: 416
Default

Just tried Fermcap-S last week. Wonderfull product! Never thought I could ferment in a five gallon carboy without a blow off tube. Now I can.
Redweasel is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2008, 02:50 AM   #60
Alemental
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Posts: 123
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mew View Post
I just bought some foam control from morebeer.com because of this thread, but now I wondering how to store it. Should I put it in the fridge?
Absolutely! You definitely want to store it in the fridge.
__________________
Isles of Langerhans Brewery
Alemental is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
You can't use enough Fermcap-S (anti-foam agent) SavageSteve General Techniques 47 04-20-2011 03:20 PM
Fermcap Foam Controller - finished beer head retention Boerderij_Kabouter General Techniques 13 03-29-2011 05:38 PM
Fermcap in the boil = Fermcap in the ferm vessel? JoeMama Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 09-28-2009 07:26 PM
Fermcap drops and Brown Hefe Boerderij_Kabouter General Techniques 8 06-12-2008 08:43 PM
Foam control drops Funkenjaeger General Techniques 4 10-29-2007 02:38 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS