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Old 01-26-2009, 12:13 AM   #1
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Default Good way to avoid boilovers

This may not apply to everyone, but for anyone using extract and doing partial boils in a small pot, boilovers are really hard to avoid.

One way that I have found that works everytime is after you add your extract and bittering hops (when most boilovers happen) remove it from the burner very quickly after it starts to look like it will boil over. If you do this 4 or 5 times (remove the pot from the burner right befor a boil over) you can them return the pot and have a very nice rolling boil for the entire 60 minutes.

Not sure if this is a "DUH . .. everyone knows that!" comment, but this has really helped me and keeps the SWMBO at bay after I had one nasty boilover.

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Old 01-26-2009, 01:27 AM   #2
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i usually end up just playing with the amount of heat to the pot but this would probably work better.

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Old 01-26-2009, 02:05 AM   #3
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I've started using defoamer drops every time. Amazing product. Mine came from austin homebrew as defoamer, but someone else distributes the same thing as Fermcap-S

A few weeks ago I had my keggle filled to the top and never had to adjust the heat to prevent a boilover

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Old 01-26-2009, 02:05 AM   #4
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I like to use fermcap. That stuff is amazing.....I never worry about boilovers anymore.

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Old 01-26-2009, 02:09 AM   #5
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I use a spray bottle... spray a little water on there and its set.

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Hmm there seems to be all sorts of different ways to avoid boilovers.

I use a small sized clip on fan and point it at the top of the wort. Never had a boilover when using this setup.

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I like the spray bottle method, too. I hate to admit it, but it's kinda fun. Gives me something to do anyway.

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I got tired of the mess and just bought a bigger pot.

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I got tired of the mess and just bought a bigger pot.
I'm going to make that move as soon as I can get a really good deal on a 20-25 gal pot
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I lift the cover off every couple minutes and look at the rolling boil then recover. Rinse and repeat.

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