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cheezydemon3 12-10-2012 01:42 PM

Boilover is an evil demon
Not seriously. It is uncanny, however, how boilover happens.

I literally watch it for 15 minutes straight. turn around to rinse my strainer, turn to look back and it is all over.

Only seems to happen once every 15 brews or so, but when it does, ARRRRRGH!!!!!!

Bensiff 12-10-2012 02:42 PM

Or perhaps, is it a cheezydemon?

neosapien 12-10-2012 02:44 PM

it really is uncanny. i've only ever had one, and it happened during the 15 seconds i turned my back to start a new playlist of music. i think the wort watches and waits for us like a petulant child.

jerrodm 12-10-2012 02:50 PM

I attribute it to gremlins. See here for their impact on aviation, but I've got a strong suspicion that a certain tribe of the little f*ckers like to mess with our temperature controls, volumes, and so on. Pretty much any inexplicable problem with brewing? Gremlins.

DrunkleJon 12-10-2012 03:32 PM

No, no, no... Its the Gnomes that aren't satisfied with just stealing the bears from your primary.


jerrodm 12-10-2012 03:59 PM

Oh let's not get started on that again...

DrunkleJon 12-10-2012 04:02 PM


cheezydemon3 12-11-2012 12:43 AM

No, lets....I insist!!!


ArcticBear 12-11-2012 02:17 AM

doing 5 gallon batches in a 15.5 gallon keggle it never happened.. until i swapped to a new blingmann burner...that stout boiled so fast it had nowhere to dissipate the foam but up and out... my buddy was trying to tame it with an empty garden hose (he didnt realize the water was off) as i was running to grab the fermcap...

jerrodm 12-11-2012 01:14 PM

OK fine.

Here's what I assume happened then: the gnomes are clearly out to catch your bear. But they know that the bear isn't likely to just walk up and let them grab it. They know they can steal the bear from your carboy, but we've been on to that for some time (see DrunkleJohn's post). What not everyone knows, however, is that bears are strongly attracted to the scent of carmelized malt, particularly on the top of a hot stove. For this reason, the gnomes will often turn up the temp on your BK when you're not looking. The kettle boils over, the bear comes sniffing around, and the gnome grabs it.

As confirmation, let me ask you this: on those occasions when you do have a boil over, how many times have you had trouble finding a bear for your fermenter afterwards? If you're anything like me, it's very difficult to find a bear on those days, and I'm pretty sure the reason is that the gnomes have already stolen the bear, by luring it in with the admittedly heavenly scent of burning wort.

Case closed.

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