My condolences to the family...
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LOL!Did you tell him to, "Relax! Don't worry! Have a homebrew!"? No, wait...that was in somebody else's book. ;-)I would never advise John to relax, he might slip into a coma
He almost made me slip into a coma trying to listen to him at an early morning conference seminar once. No disrespect, he's a heck of a nice guy, but listening to John talk about alkalinity as related to beer color at 9 in the morning after having been drinking all night was a bad choice on my part.
I use one of those also...the adjustable version. I've been using it for maybe 12 years, and the friend who co owns it and I have run well over 700 batches of grain through it. Still works great.
That is about a batch per week...that is a lot of brewing!
There are a lot of factors that can affect foam formation. A healthy fermentation is one thing to consider. Read this short article that will point you in the right direction.
I think I could say that WLP001 is THE cleanest ale yeast available today. The key to this yeast is pitching cool 58-62F, then controlling the ferm temp by keeping less than 68F. YMMV.
Have your tried Denny's Favorite from WYeast? That is even cleaner.
More surface area and better release of the carageenan.
I'd recommend you cut that braid in half. It will work just as well and be a lot more manageable.
OK. So basically the braid mainly filters at the exit point, right?