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Old 12-21-2008, 02:55 AM   #1
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Default Foam removal on boil?

I'm boiling wort for my 3rd batch right now, and I think I remember reading somewhere that you can skim the foam off the wort during the boil to remove protein which adds to clarity. Is this true? I'm doing a scottish ale...I know some varieties (stouts) benefit from the protein.


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Old 12-21-2008, 05:58 AM   #2
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I would think that foam would hold a lot of hops debris. I would leave it alone if I were you. this is the first I've ever heard of it.


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Old 12-21-2008, 06:09 AM   #3
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Leave it. Foam is good for you.
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Old 12-21-2008, 06:18 AM   #4
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You can skim the foam from boiling honey...
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I ended up skimming after a 10 minute boil then added hops. The first homebrew I was a part of came out very yeasty and cloudy, so I keep looking for easy beer clarification techniques now that I'm flying solo... even though I forgot my Irish moss on this brew. When I took my OG I let it sit for 10-15 minutes before reading it, and when I did there was some white sediment in the bottom , I`m guessing was malt protein? I also noticed a lot of cloudy chunks rolling in my wort before I actually hit boiling (protein again?)

Edit: Why skim from honey?
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Old 12-21-2008, 07:05 AM   #6
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Edit: Why skim from honey?
cause it has bee parts
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Old 12-21-2008, 08:31 AM   #7
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blue800, what you see is hotbreak. It's formed during the boil and it's proteins coming out of solution and it's normal. Don't skim the foam, it's useless. Unless you like busywork.

And don't boil honey! It boils off all the aroma so you basically get generic sugary honey flavored product.
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i'm in agreement with everyone else that says 'don't skim'. but i'd like to add that the foam contains quite a bit of sugars (taste it next time you brew) and throwing it away will decrease your wort's gravity and your brew-house efficiency - we don't want that...
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I'm betting that you are misremembering what you read and that the foam that was being skimmed was the krausen from the fermentation. Which I wouldn't recommend skimming either but some people do.
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I'm a skimmer. Always have been.


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