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Old 12-10-2010, 10:15 PM   #1
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Default Electric kettle and hot break

Where did it go? I could boilover a 6 gallon batch in a 20 gallon pot no problem with propane. With electric, maybe an inch or two, then it quickly dissipates.

Is this the same with all electric setups? Now i've got 2 bottles of fermcap going to waste.

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Old 12-10-2010, 10:33 PM   #2
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Well... I have 2x 5500w elements in my keggle and I EASILY boiled over a 5 gallon batch. I actually have to watch it like a hawk or it dumps foam all over the floor as I approach boil on most batches.

It might be the amount of power you have, or maybe you have something is breaking up the foam bubbles for you already.

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Old 12-10-2010, 10:57 PM   #3
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Well... I have 2x 5500w elements in my keggle and I EASILY boiled over a 5 gallon batch. I actually have to watch it like a hawk or it dumps foam all over the floor as I approach boil on most batches.

It might be the amount of power you have, or maybe you have something is breaking up the foam bubbles for you already.
Why the crazy amount of watts? That's more than double what you need.

I have 4500 watts for a 6 gallon batch, it will throw wort right out of my 15 gallon kettle if I don't throttle it back. I leave it all the way up until the hot break (which is almost nil) then turn it down below half way, still a vigorous boil.
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The system was a first step in building a large all grain system that will need a decent amount of power.

That and I'm impatient, I had the power available so why not? haha. Being able to boil 15 gallons in 20 minutes is nice .

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Batch #4 today and maybe an inch or two of hot break tops, i'm liking this.

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Think it's a wattage thing. at 4500W in my BK the hot break never got too crazy. Once I put a 5500 in there it started to become more of an issue.

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I have two 4500 watt elements and make 35 gallon batches. This is barely enough power (I run PID on 90% power after I reach a boil). I get a huge hot break.

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Think it's a wattage thing. at 4500W in my BK the hot break never got too crazy. Once I put a 5500 in there it started to become more of an issue.
Yep, me too. I've boiled over a 5 gallon batch in a keggle way too many times, and just started using Fermcap to solve it, but I have a 5500w element in my BK. It works great for 12 gallons, too, with the Fermcap!
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I usually start with around 14 gallons pre-boil in my 20 gallon kettle and use a 5500W element. I get a very vigorous boil and hot break and have to carefully watch for boil overs.

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I start with about 12-13 gallons in my keggle. 4000-6000W (depending on heat sticks) and never a problem with boil overs. It might be that I have a 720cfm exhaust fan about 8" above the keggle, though..

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