Originally Posted by SCBrewster
Ok I thought that the hot break was towards the end of the boil when the foam finally stops? Am I wrong?
The hot break starts to form just before it boils and any time you add hops. Generally it does not last more than a few minutes but oh boy those few minutes can be stressful.
I cannot think that temperature is all that important to utilizing the hops as long as you are at a nice easy boil. I am higher up in altitude and never have had a 212 degree boil yet all my beer works out just fine.
Secret is a pot much bigger than you think you need and a good hot break then dial it back to a rolling boil. For a year I boiled 6 gallons in a 7 1/2 gallon pot and was able to keep it boiling with out tending it after the hot break. I got tired of the hassle though and got a bigger pot