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Antifoaming agent
Antifoaming agent
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sherlock holmboy
post Aug 29 2005, 10:49 AM
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Antifoaming agent reduces the large krausen while beer is fermenting thus increasing your fermenter capacity and eliminating the need for a blow off tube. i believe it also promotes a faster fermentation due to the yeast staying in the solution instead of foaming up and possibly out of the fermenter. it actually increases head retension in the final product by keeping more of the foam inducing protiens in the beer instead of out your airlock. i just got done fermenting a 5 gallon 1.108 barley wine in a 6.5 gal. carboy and krausen was a non issue.
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post Aug 29 2005, 04:47 PM
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Works as stated, no frills no thrills. I use it my starters, one or two drops for a liter starter ensures I don't have blow off.


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post Sep 29 2005, 11:03 PM
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Wow, what exactly is this stuff? Is is silicone?
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post Sep 30 2005, 07:52 AM
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I believe it is silicone oil. It seems to work as long as it is in mechanical suspension. I use it to control boil overs and during areation as well as to control fermentation foam. No problems with head retention that I can see.

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post Sep 30 2005, 08:24 AM
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OK, this is weird, but I worked in a Deli that used a silicone powder to remove the burnt character in the chicken fryer grease. Could I use the same stuff in my beer? LOL!

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post Oct 28 2005, 09:22 AM
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It is a bottle of a silicone polymer developed/used by commercial brewers. I believe B3 buys the stuff in bulk and re-bottles it 'cause I looked into it for a while before I stumbled on B3's convenient package.

Great stuff, works as promised. I've done 4 batches with it since I got it and it worked great. Keeps the krausen at about 2-ish inches, max. Even with my Dunkelwheat (OG ~ 1.085).
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post Dec 25 2005, 01:50 AM
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I love this stuff. I primary in an 8 gallon cellar pro bucket and this stuff makes it so that I don't need any blow off... Great stuff!
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post Dec 26 2005, 01:37 AM
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Bought mine here- half the cost
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post Jan 7 2006, 10:45 PM
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This is a great product. I prefer the labling from Austin HomeBrew because it has usage instructions (ammounts) on the label. (do not exceed 200ppm to comply with FDA requirements (2 drops per gallon)}

10% food grade antifoam

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post Jan 15 2006, 04:39 PM
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I concur. This stuff is great. I bought some at HBA and used 1/2 a teaspoon for my boil and I didn't have to worry about a boil over. Great stuff.
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post Aug 30 2006, 12:21 PM
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I bought mine here and the product has eliminated boil-overs in my system:

http://www.williamsbrewing.com/FERMCAP_FOA...OL_P1106C57.cfm
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post Nov 9 2006, 06:28 PM
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I picked up a bottle of anti-foam from Northern Brewer and I've been using it in my starters. It works pretty much as advertised -- no foaming in my Erlenmeyer flask when I make starters, even when I boil 1.5+ liters in a 2-liter flask. The only thing I don't like is that I can't tell how active my starters are since the yeast krausen is also "deflated" by the foam control drops. It's not a major problem and I'm sure I'll get used to it, but something about 1-2" of foam on my starters was very reassuring. (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/wink.gif)

A solid 8 in my book.
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post Nov 9 2006, 08:50 PM
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It works great.
I was skeptical at first but it does the job and no more boil overs.
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post Dec 28 2006, 05:01 PM
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QUOTE(azmtnbiker @ Nov 9 2006, 08:50 PM) *
It works great.
I was skeptical at first but it does the job and no more boil overs.
Yup. Thanks for turning me onto it!
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post Dec 28 2006, 05:08 PM
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QUOTE(just-cj @ Nov 9 2006, 05:28 PM) *
I picked up a bottle of anti-foam from Northern Brewer and I've been using it in my starters. It works pretty much as advertised -- no foaming in my Erlenmeyer flask when I make starters, even when I boil 1.5+ liters in a 2-liter flask. The only thing I don't like is that I can't tell how active my starters are since the yeast krausen is also "deflated" by the foam control drops. It's not a major problem and I'm sure I'll get used to it, but something about 1-2" of foam on my starters was very reassuring. (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/wink.gif)

A solid 8 in my book.

I hear you. But if you look down in the center of the whirlpool, you can see a little bit of foam in there when the starter is really active. Also, you'll know you're making yeast because the starter liquid will go from a dark semi-translucent color to a light opaque color.
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