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Old 07-11-2008, 04:37 AM   #1
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Default Anyone else have a hard time boiling erlenmeyer flask starters?

I'm constantly having to take my flasks off the heat and put them back on (even w/ my gas stove burners on the lowest setting) or I get boil overs. Anyone have any remedies?

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Old 07-11-2008, 04:51 AM   #2
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Get a fireproof glove like a fireplace glove and keep it swirling. I used to have to do this in organic chemistry lab so I didnt get boil overs

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Old 07-11-2008, 04:53 AM   #3
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Sometimes I position my flask so that only half of it is touching the element. A little tricky to get it perfect but it's a pretty easy solution.

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Old 07-11-2008, 12:22 PM   #5
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+1 no more boil overs with this stuff.
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Old 07-11-2008, 01:00 PM   #6
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+1 no more boil overs with this stuff.
Yeah, I need to get some then-- scares me to put it in the starter a bit, but it sounds like a good idea.
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Old 07-11-2008, 01:19 PM   #7
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I'm on an electric range and I just set it to medium. Takes a little longer than blasting it on high, but it's more tame.

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Old 07-11-2008, 02:27 PM   #8
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Try it on a different burner. I have two burners that I can't use because of boil overs at the lowest setting, but the other two burners work OK.

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Old 07-11-2008, 02:28 PM   #9
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I use the Fermcap-S in my boil kettle and it works great. I use about 10 drops in 7 gallons of wort, so I'm sure you wouldn't need more than a drop or two in your starter.

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Old 07-11-2008, 02:28 PM   #10
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Boil in a pan then pour the cooled wort into the flask.

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