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Old 03-14-2014, 03:00 PM   #1
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This is Dundalk Irish Heavy after the first hops addition. What you don't see is the half gallon I had already taken out to clear room for the malt. Oops.



After all is said and done the OG was 1.062 and this is after 12 hours in primary. Going so hard the Star-san is foaming. Sorry for the crappy cell phone vid.
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Old 03-14-2014, 03:07 PM   #2
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Yes you do. And if you keep using that pot make sure there are no chips in the coating on the inside. It is bad if there are.

You can get a 20 qt aluminum pot at a grocery store. Boil a pot of water for about 30 minutes to create an oxidization layer. It will keep the metallic flavors out of your beer.

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Old 03-14-2014, 03:09 PM   #3
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Yep, either a bigger pot or a smaller boil!
Warning! That stove will limit the size of the pot and the size of the boil. A heavy 15 gallon pot might only boil less liquid on that stove. An 8-10 gallon aluminum pot IMO is the best for stove topping due to the excellent heat transfer of aluminum.

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Ah, the ol' boilover! Seen THAT once or three times! LOL!

We WERE brewing 5 gallons split between 2 4 gallon pots. Finally got a nice big proper brew kettle - makes things MUCH easier.

We also haven't had a boilover since going to all-grain. That dang LME really wants to boil over easily!

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Get some fermcap-S it's a miracle worker. Kept me from boiling over imageuploadedbyhome-brew1394810312.080539.jpg
And it was close. That pic was just as it swelled for the hot break. After that I had about 1-1.5" room. But no stovetop to scrub. I believe fermap-S is worth it's weight in gold.


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I had bought a defoamer from my local brew shop that didn't work at all. My dad has an old turkey fryer I am cleaning out but impatience got me. It was pretty clean but its a few years old and had quite a few birds under its belt so I'm boiling water in it at least one more time (already done it twice) before I brew anything in it.

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As to the all grain vs extract and the risk of boil over. I have seen no difference. Either one will boil over if you let it.

You need a little room for the foam. And watch carefully. Fermcap helps, spraying with cold water helps, moving the pot off the burner helps. But you need to watch carefully or it will boil over.

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I bought an 8 gallon "seafood boil" aluminum pot at Target for like $25-30 last year. It has plenty of room in it for a full boil 5 gallon batch. Last time I used it on my glass stove tho, the glass cracked so I bought a propane burner that I'm going to use for the first time tomorrow.

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