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Foam control
  • C_BC_B
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    This discussion was created from comments split
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  • ceanntceannt
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    Boil really foamed up .... nice dark brown foam ... no boilover though .....but it got close ....
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  • C_BC_B
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    ceannt said:

    Boil really foamed up .... nice dark brown foam ... no boilover though .....but it got close ....


    How do you control foam?
    "On it. I hate software." ~Cpt Snarklepants
  • ThymThym
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    C_dubbs said:

    ceannt said:

    Boil really foamed up .... nice dark brown foam ... no boilover though .....but it got close ....


    How do you control foam?


    Stir the heck out of it. Cut the heat back a bit. Pray.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • C_BC_B
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    Lakewood said:

    C_dubbs said:

    ceannt said:

    Boil really foamed up .... nice dark brown foam ... no boilover though .....but it got close ....


    How do you control foam?


    Stir the heck out of it. Cut the heat back a bit. Pray.

    I use a squirt bottle with water. And stirring.
    "On it. I hate software." ~Cpt Snarklepants
  • ceanntceannt
    Posts: 47,711
    Lakewood said:

    C_dubbs said:

    ceannt said:

    Boil really foamed up .... nice dark brown foam ... no boilover though .....but it got close ....


    How do you control foam?


    Stir the heck out of it. Cut the heat back a bit. Pray.


    This ......
    In wine there is wisdom.
    In beer there is freedom.
    In water there is bacteria.
  • C_BC_B
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    I've got a half bottle of fermcap left. But it's outdated and I'm not sure about using it?
    "On it. I hate software." ~Cpt Snarklepants
  • ceanntceannt
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    C_dubbs said:

    I've got a half bottle of fermcap left. But it's outdated and I'm not sure about using it?


    Never tried it ...... always had pretty good results just stirring the surface tension vigorously
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    In beer there is freedom.
    In water there is bacteria.
  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    C_dubbs said:

    ceannt said:

    Boil really foamed up .... nice dark brown foam ... no boilover though .....but it got close ....


    How do you control foam?

    5 little hop pellets will kill the foam also. not enough to worry about changing ibu's. no matter how long your boil lasts.

    i used to stir and spritz and all that shit, now i just plink in 5 pellets as the foam grows.
  • C_BC_B
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    C_dubbs said:

    ceannt said:

    Boil really foamed up .... nice dark brown foam ... no boilover though .....but it got close ....


    How do you control foam?

    5 little hop pellets will kill the foam also. not enough to worry about changing ibu's. no matter how long your boil lasts.

    i used to stir and spritz and all that shit, now i just plink in 5 pellets as the foam grows.


    I'll try that.
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  • JerryJerry
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    C_dubbs said:

    ceannt said:

    Boil really foamed up .... nice dark brown foam ... no boilover though .....but it got close ....


    How do you control foam?

    I don't brew anymore.
    "I'm going to guess that you are, indeed, fucked up."
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  • C_BC_B
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    C_dubbs said:

    ceannt said:

    Boil really foamed up .... nice dark brown foam ... no boilover though .....but it got close ....


    How do you control foam?

    I don't brew anymore.

    That's a pretty solid way to cure the foam.
    "On it. I hate software." ~Cpt Snarklepants
  • C_BC_B
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    C_dubbs said:

    I've got a half bottle of fermcap left. But it's outdated and I'm not sure about using it?


    When I used it, it seemed to work well.
    "On it. I hate software." ~Cpt Snarklepants
  • BenvarineBenvarine
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    I stir and just bought ferm cap for my starters, used it in the boil last week, but I brew 5 g in a keg, so lots of room, but I've been close before.
  • C_BC_B
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    The batch I did Monday was just foamy nearly the entire time. It nearly boiled over at least a dozen times from hot break till I killed the flame. Of course that puts some of the hops in that foam and leaves them on the sidewall of the kettle where they'll do nothing.
    "On it. I hate software." ~Cpt Snarklepants
  • ThymThym
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    C_dubbs said:

    The batch I did Monday was just foamy nearly the entire time. It nearly boiled over at least a dozen times from hot break till I killed the flame. Of course that puts some of the hops in that foam and leaves them on the sidewall of the kettle where they'll do nothing.



    you may need to boil a little harder. once you truely get past hot break, the foam should subside.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny