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Offline Pi

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Anybody use Fermcap-S?
« on: July 25, 2011, 12:13:31 PM »
It's supposed to reduce blowoff without effecting head retention. Your thoughts.
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Re: Anybody use Fermcap-S?
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2011, 12:34:24 PM »
I used to use it, until I found out that it plugs up your kidneys slowly over time.  :(

Now I carefully select the primary in consideration of all the factors that might lead to blowoff. I use carboys when the probability is low (lagers), and an oversized bucket when the probability is high (hoppy, high gravity, type of yeast, etc.).

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Re: Anybody use Fermcap-S?
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2011, 12:42:06 PM »
There was a fairly comprehensive discussion about the potential health impacts of Fermcap awhile back.

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=7419.0

I use it at the recommended dosage when I'm worried about blow-offs.  It works pretty well.
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Re: Anybody use Fermcap-S?
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2011, 12:52:06 PM »
I've heard that alcohol slowly hardens your liver over time, but that hasn't stopped me from drinking beer.
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Re: Anybody use Fermcap-S?
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2011, 12:53:20 PM »
I share Chumley's health concerns, but being stupid I continue to use it.
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Re: Anybody use Fermcap-S?
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2011, 01:05:31 PM »
I am a fan of FermCap-S.  The kidney claims are unsupported and alarmist, IMO.

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Re: Anybody use Fermcap-S?
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2011, 02:34:23 PM »
I use it in the boil kettle on every brew.  At the rate of a couple drops in 10 gallons, it does not worry me in the least.
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