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View Poll Results: What do you think of Foam Control/Fermcap Drops?
I've tried it -- love the stuff! 409 31.75%
I've tried it -- meh. 49 3.80%
I haven't tried it, but mean to. 543 42.16%
I haven't even heard of this before. 152 11.80%
Don't put that in my beer -- Reinheitsgebot baby! 135 10.48%
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Old 05-19-2008, 03:00 AM   #61
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I have 5 gallons of Belgian Dubble in 2 each of 6.5-gallon carboys that I brewed on Thursday. Today, the foam started to blow out of the airlocks. I have previously only used this stuff in the boil, but I added about 3 or 4 drops to each carboy. Problem solved. The foam started to drop immediately. Very convenient, as I cannot use my thermowells with a blowoff tube.


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Old 05-19-2008, 03:10 AM   #62
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It says it's perishable...I'm not sure how because it's pretty much inert silicone. I think it's probably just because it goes into food items. Just make sure you swirl it around and resuspend the ingredients. Some people are paranoid about putting it directly into the fermenter...don't be. It won't be a deal breaker if your fermentation is already off to a start.


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Old 05-19-2008, 03:08 PM   #63
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Should I put it in the fridge?
It's not absolutely necessary to keep it refrigerated, but it will keep much longer (i.e., forever), if you do. If you don't, it may still last several months, but you may see some reduced efficacy.


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Old 05-19-2008, 03:10 PM   #64
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I'm buying some of this stuff. Just brewed a smallish beer (1.043), only got a bit less than five gallons out of the keg and fermenting in a 7 gallon Ale Pail. Still had gunk in the airlock this morning.
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Old 06-26-2008, 01:47 PM   #65
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Used it for the first time last night. Seemed to work well.....nasty, foul smelling stuff though....and creamy.

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Old 06-26-2008, 02:10 PM   #66
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I've used it in two batches thusfar, and I still had some ruthless boilovers from my Bayou Classic pot. I'd prefer a larger kettle, but until I can justify another purchase, I'm pretty much stuck with it.

Then again, this isn't Fermcap, per se, as much as the Foam Control drops from AHS. They might not be the same thing. But the stuff I'm using isn't really doing much good that I can tell.
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Old 06-26-2008, 05:26 PM   #67
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A spray bottle with some water in it works very nicely. A 40Qt stock pot works damn nicely too on a 6 gallon boil. A 7.9 gallon bucket works very nicely for a 5 gallon batch of wort.
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The foam control powder AHS sells also works great.
I did too. I used a pipette to put a drop in my starter flasks and voila, no boil overs it rocks!.

It's basically 5 Star Kettle Kettle Defoamer 105 in a 2 oz. bottle for $5.99.

The only problem I see with it, is that it states it has a shelf life of 6 months and AHS repackaged it and did not put a date on it. It could already be out of date.

For starters, you only need a teensy amount, hence using a pipette instead of the dropper.
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Old 09-14-2008, 08:01 PM   #69
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I just started using Fermcap. Awesome. One question: Does the beer need to be filtered after being used in the fermenter? Does it clog up the spigot in a keg? THANKS. you can email me directly at teach@makewebs.com
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No need to filter. It will settle out and mix with all of the crap in the bottom of the fermenter so it won't tranfer to your secondary (or kegs/bottles if doing primary only).


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