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Offline denny

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Re: Skimming foam
« Reply #15 on: July 24, 2012, 10:05:06 am »
Since I FWH about 80% of my batches, I obviously think it does.

If I remember correctly from your results on the FWH experiment, the feedback was kind of all over the map, with no clear preference or effect on the finished beer. I don't have your slides from the NHC presentation on my work computer, so what convinced you that it made a difference?

You're right, the results were mixed.  ( on pg. 29).  What convinced me was my own experience and tasting.
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Re: Skimming foam
« Reply #16 on: July 24, 2012, 05:59:35 pm »
I've been a scum skimmer for a long time.  I've noticed the scum tends to wind up as a ring on the side of the kettle moreso than falling back into the wort.
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Re: Skimming foam
« Reply #17 on: July 24, 2012, 07:27:29 pm »
Skimmer here. I don't skim every time, and I don't particularly care, but some beers (I haven't determined a specific difference) have a lot of foam, and if there is too much, it makes it more easy for a boil over. If it looks like there is a lot of foam, and I am worried about a boil over, I skim until I get a bit of a break in the foam for all the steam to escape. Either way, I haven't noticed much of a difference at any step along the way.

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Re: Skimming foam
« Reply #18 on: July 24, 2012, 07:53:29 pm »
I used to skim until I started using FWH regularly.  That makes it hard to skim!  In terms of beer quality, I didn't find a difference.

I agree...taste wise, in the finished beer I found no difference at all between skimming and not skimming. 
The non-skimmed actually seemed to have a rockier and longer lasting head on pouring the finished beer...but then again it was not a scientific, controlled comparison (ie., I only compared skimming/not skimming between similar but not identical recipes).

I basically don't bother with skimming now.  One less thing to concern myself with and my beer still turns out bright and clear.
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Re: Skimming foam
« Reply #19 on: July 24, 2012, 11:02:47 pm »
Just to be clear, I've never skimmed before but this time it seemed thicker and darker. My sparge was quite cloudy so I wondered if more starch meant more scum. I don't plan on being a skimmer.