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worty

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I checked the beginning gravity before I pitched the yeast. I read about 1.042 to 1.044 on the hydrometer. There was some foam, so I'm not sure exactly where it was. The wort was 86 degrees, so I add .003 giving me 1.045 to 1.047. The directions call for a beginning gravity of 1.049-1.051. Am I screwed?

Also, I wasn't sure when to start timing the boil. I heated until it foamed up, removed it from heat for a little bit, then brought it back to a boil again. It didn't seem to want to foam up again, so I started timing the boil. After 15 minutes, I added a spanish moss tablet and it started to foam again a little. Does spanish moss make it foam or should I have started timing the boil after the second foam up?
 

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You will be fine, its not uncommon to miss by a few points, you can check it sooner and keep boiling if it is too low next time.
 
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worty said:
Also, I wasn't sure when to start timing the boil. I heated until it foamed up, removed it from heat for a little bit, then brought it back to a boil again. It didn't seem to want to foam up again, so I started timing the boil. After 15 minutes, I added a spanish moss tablet and it started to foam again a little. Does spanish moss make it foam or should I have started timing the boil after the second foam up?
Try a spray bottle and spray the foam down when your foam gets crazy.

And do worry about the foam. A wise man once told me...beer is foam and foam is beer. (At least with already brewed beer).
 

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They make foam control drops that do exactly what they say. The eliminate foam and keep your stove from becoming a mess.
I use them on every brew and in my primary to prevent blowoff.
 
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