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skimming hot break foam at beginning of boil
« on: March 12, 2016, 05:07:31 PM »
I read skimming hot break foam at beginning of boil makes for a clearer finished beer.  I have never done that.  Do you skim?
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Re: skimming hot break foam at beginning of boil
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2016, 05:08:57 PM »
i do -couldn't tell you if it matters or not.
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Re: skimming hot break foam at beginning of boil
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2016, 05:17:50 PM »
If you're using Whirfloc...I don't think it'll make any difference. It will all settle out.

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Re: skimming hot break foam at beginning of boil
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2016, 05:19:58 PM »
I read Gordon's quote about that and started doing it a few years back. If it helps it's not in a major way. 
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Re: skimming hot break foam at beginning of boil
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2016, 05:20:41 PM »
I read skimming hot break foam at beginning of boil makes for a clearer finished beer.  I have never done that.  Do you skim?

Nope.  It's an old, totally disproven myth.
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Re: skimming hot break foam at beginning of boil
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2016, 05:23:54 PM »
I read skimming hot break foam at beginning of boil makes for a clearer finished beer.  I have never done that.  Do you skim?

Nope.  It's an old, totally disproven myth.

how about big foot.....i want to believe he's running around your neck of the woods  ;D
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Re: skimming hot break foam at beginning of boil
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2016, 05:34:41 PM »
I don't bother.

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Re: skimming hot break foam at beginning of boil
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2016, 05:47:16 PM »
Great feedback.  Thanks folks!
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Re: skimming hot break foam at beginning of boil
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2016, 05:49:51 PM »
One thing it helps is prevention of boil overs at the beginning of the boil. If using a kettle at capacity, it helps to get rid of the sticky stuff.

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Re: skimming hot break foam at beginning of boil
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2016, 05:56:45 PM »
One thing it helps is prevention of boil overs at the beginning of the boil. If using a kettle at capacity, it helps to get rid of the sticky stuff.

I can fill my 14 gallon kettle to about 1/2 inch from the top and not have a boil over and don't skim foam. OTOH I am a ninja.

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Re: skimming hot break foam at beginning of boil
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2016, 06:30:01 PM »
It's amazing to me how much disproven or mis-information is out there in reference to home brewing.
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Re: skimming hot break foam at beginning of boil
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2016, 07:37:42 PM »
I skim the foam prior to adding my first hop additon (in the boil) only because I have noticed that I end up with less trub/cold break in the bottom of the kettle when I am done brewing.

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Re: skimming hot break foam at beginning of boil
« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2016, 08:37:52 PM »

It's amazing to me how much disproven or mis-information is out there in reference to home brewing.
Like the myth that hot side aeration doesn't exist.

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Re: skimming hot break foam at beginning of boil
« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2016, 08:54:57 PM »
I usually add hops as a first wort charge which makes it counterproductive to skim the foam.  When I do not first wort hop, I have been known to skim, but this is mostly because some really good brewers I know skim, not because I have seen any difference.
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Re: skimming hot break foam at beginning of boil
« Reply #14 on: March 12, 2016, 10:41:00 PM »
For what it's worth (if it's worth anything) I don't and have never skimmed off the hot break foam.  It typically falls back into the wort and to me it's easier to deal with the trub than try to skim.

I read way back in the early days of this hobby that the foam contributed to stability of the head in the glass.  That's probably a myth too.   ;D

Never seemed worth it to me.  A spray bottle of water will make the foam fall if it gets out of hand.

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