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05-02-2015, 09:34 AM
So I have a batch of mead going. It's in it's second day. I got up this morniong to aerate/degas. It's in that stgae whith lots of foam. I stired it with my drikll and there was about 3-4 inches of foam on top. I dropped 1 orange worth of zest in it and turned around to zest a lemon. When I turned around to put the lemon zest in and the foam was entirely gone.

So two things. What is it, chemistry wise that made the foam go away?

And secondly, it seems this is a great anti foam piece!


05-02-2015, 11:02 AM
It's the oils from the orange. Oil destabilizes the foam. Next time you have a beer with too much head, rub the side of your nose and put your finger on the foam. Viola! No more head. Same principle.

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05-03-2015, 12:51 AM
Nose oils, also good for waterproofing wooden knife handles that keep going dry in the dishwasher. Amazing stuff, nose oils. Just don't tell anyone in my family about it!! :D