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Old 06-08-2009, 07:26 PM   #11
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I'd rather *NEVER* have a boil over for any reason, including being distracted.
+1. I consider "a boil-over every 4-5 batches" to be an unacceptable rate of failure!

I used a 7.5 gallon kettle for a time, and found it very unpleasant...never a boilover, but it was a constant threat.
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Old 06-08-2009, 10:04 PM   #12
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+1. I consider "a boil-over every 4-5 batches" to be an unacceptable rate of failure!

I used a 7.5 gallon kettle for a time, and found it very unpleasant...never a boilover, but it was a constant threat.
I had my first boil-over this weekend on a 5.5 gallon batch in a 10 gallon kettle and I didn't like it at all. It was a 90 min boil and I had added the first hops addition and most of my hops boiled over. I eye-balled it and added some more hops, but what if I like this batch? How do I reproduce it?

I like big brew kettles. You are welcome to smaller kettles and no-foam additives and so forth.
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I like big brew kettles. You are welcome to smaller kettles and no-foam additives and so forth.
I use a big kettle, and Ferm-Cap as well. Between the two, there is zero chance of a boilover, and I'm freed up to do other things during the boil. Cleanup, prep my fermenter, keg or bottle a prior batch...or my favorite of all, sip a pint while floating in the pool.
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