I have been adding Fermcap to my fermenter and it works great. But I still get excellent head retention. How come the stuff works in the fermentor but not in the glass? Where does it go?
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Oscar, the cake will settle in the bottom and I'll rack out and let some of the yeast transfer too. If this goes reasonably well I'll probably cut the dip tube off so I'm not transferring yeast cake next time.I have had problems serving (cornie) keg conditioned beers.
I believe the mash out decoction is the one of the least value. Kristan England has a nice double decotion for his helles.+1 on this, with a shorter protein rest. and use soft water especially if you're doing a Czech Pils. If you are coming up light on your rest temps, pull a little more next time. I usually fall short a couple degrees and apply direct heat (RIMS), but you just need to have some boiling water at the ready. IMO, decoction is well worth the time and effort akin to fly fishing versus "bait n wait".
The dickmaisch decoction is the one to use if you only want to do one.
A good plan right up until I dumped the starter in the crapper (the sink was full) and down went the stir bar.Your stir bar is probably sitting in the sink trap. if your drain is PVC, you could tape a magnet ti some wire and try and fish it out or just take the trap apart.