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pixelhussar 06-01-2012 04:55 AM

Hello everyone,

First time poster, easy on me please!:)

Reading the boilover part of the Palmer book. Am I supposed to watch boilovers at all grain brewing? Sorry about the lamish question, but the book writes about this at the extract brewing, and it isn't evident...


hops2it 06-01-2012 05:04 AM

Yep, it goes for AG too. The first hops addition at the start of the boil is always the time to be at the top of your game. Really bad time to get sidetracked. :D

ShinyBuddha 06-01-2012 05:06 AM

If your wort nearly fills the pot, yes. A spray bottle with water should prevent this from happening.

November 06-01-2012 07:22 AM

Fermcap or Five Star Defoamer work well too.

boscobeans 06-01-2012 02:26 PM


Originally Posted by November (Post 4134663)
Fermcap or Five Star Defoamer work well too.

These drops work great. No more boilovers and they do not seem to have any effect on fermentation, krausen formation or head retention.

You can also use any drugstore anti-gas drops that contain Simethicone (eg. CVS Infant's gas relief drops). Just make sure they have no flavorings. About 3 drops is all I need to keep 7 gallons rolling in my kettle with no chance of a boilover.



CidahMastah 06-01-2012 02:51 PM

I have used a spray bottle with great success.

diS 06-03-2012 02:00 PM

I found that few coins does great job.
With that I always have spray bottle on the hand, just in case.

beermonkey50 06-03-2012 05:12 PM

I am going to try a fan to break bubbles

pixelhussar 06-05-2012 10:08 PM

Thanks for all your answer. I tried to avoid boilover by turning the gas down as soon as the foam started to break up. This didn't work very well.

I was looking for this:

and only got this:


As soon as the wort started to boil, the hole started to get bigger on the foam. Next time I'll try spray the foam as you recommended.

Thanks again.

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