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bamnq6 02-13-2013 01:25 AM

Alright there ladies and gents, yet again during my boil for a starter I made a huge mess of the stove top do to a boil over or four... You guys have any tips or tricks? Even if I'm watching the starter like a hawk I seem to make a mess..

BorealBrewer 02-13-2013 01:27 AM

I don't mean this in any condescending way, but...a bigger pot?

I brew one-gallon on the stove top in a 2 gallon pot, and have had no trouble. Full 90 minute, big rolling boils.

Chuckd76 02-13-2013 01:41 AM

Had the same issue. Boil-overs can happen in an instant. Try this:

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/fermcap-s-foam-inhibitor-1-oz.html

Works like a charm for me.

BCH 02-13-2013 09:17 AM

+1 on the bigger pot. Also try boiling over lower heat. Was the lid on the pot? I usually leave the lid on until it gets close to boiling and then leave the pot uncovered for the rest. Keeping the lid on causes oil overs to happen easily. I have not used fermcap yet but if u still have a problem I would look into it.

temple240 02-13-2013 09:26 AM

+1 on the fermcap. I boil my starters in a 2L flask and fermcap is a must have. Those things are like volcanoes on the stove.

beergolf 02-13-2013 11:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by temple240 (Post 4897989)
+1 on the fermcap. I boil my starters in a 2L flask and fermcap is a must have. Those things are like volcanoes on the stove.

Another vote for Fermcap. Boiling in a flask is almost always a recipe for a boil over unless you use Fermcap.

aiptasia 02-13-2013 11:59 AM

Fermcap at 1 drop per gallon is excellent for this. Check the cold storage section of your LHBS.

Darwin18 02-13-2013 12:57 PM

Don't dump all the extract in immediately. Feed it in smaller percentages so you have less hot break to handle at one time.

MikeInMKE 02-13-2013 08:56 PM

+1 on Fermcap-S.
+1 on using a larger pan/pot.

I once used a sauce pan that was about 3/4 full, didn't use Fermcap-S, and boiled over even though I turned off the burner and stirred like crazy. Now I use a much larger sauce pan, with a drop of Fermcap-S, and haven't come close to a boilover.


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