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Old 02-13-2013, 01:25 AM   #1
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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..

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Old 02-13-2013, 01:27 AM   #2
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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.

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Old 02-13-2013, 01:41 AM   #3
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Had the same issue. Boil-overs can happen in an instant. Try this:

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/fermc...itor-1-oz.html

Works like a charm for me.

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Old 02-13-2013, 09:17 AM   #4
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+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.

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Old 02-13-2013, 09:26 AM   #5
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+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.

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Old 02-13-2013, 11:54 AM   #6
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+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.
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:59 AM   #7
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Fermcap at 1 drop per gallon is excellent for this. Check the cold storage section of your LHBS.

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

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Old 02-13-2013, 08:56 PM   #9
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+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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