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Old 08-30-2012, 12:31 AM   #1
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Default stir constantly, or just to avoid boil over

I looked around and people just simply state, stir the wort and don't let it boil over. I would like a little more info than that. I.E. should I let the wort foam on the top and rise up a little, or should I stir a lot and not even let the wort foam up at all? On my Last batch I stirred nearly every minute and never let the wort foam up more than an 1/8th inch. I now feel that this is a little excessive. Any info would be great!

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Old 08-30-2012, 01:00 AM   #2
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You should only have to stir for the first 5-15m of the boil. After that you shouldn't have to worry about boil overs.

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Old 08-30-2012, 01:20 AM   #3
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If you keep the temp stable then boil over should not be an issue. No need to stir constantly.

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Old 08-30-2012, 01:37 AM   #4
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Alright I was not sure if the foam that would start to rise rapidly and now I know that I don't have to spend so much time and effort stirring. Thanks a lot any other advice and tips are also greatly appreciated!

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Old 08-30-2012, 05:59 AM   #5
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I put a fan by my kettle, I point it so it blows just over the top of the kettle. Haven't had a boilover since I've done this..............

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i use a water spray bottle.. foam starts and spray a couple times and thats it.. it is a little worse if you first wort hop though because it traps the steam a little more and the foam doesn't go away as quick.. i have a fan too but it doesn't always work for me

Edit:fermcap or baby gas drops work too but im cheep!!

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Wow really a fan? Just enough to cool the surface I presume? Also I had read about spray bottle usage, does that mean don't even stir unless it gets really bad? And just turn the heat down if it keeps trying to boil over. Thanks I may have to try a fan!

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Having a thermometer installed in you BK is a big help too....this way you can see the temp continuosly. An almost necessity of course for getting your mash step temps right and makes avoiding a boil over easier too.

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The stirring is also to prevent the maillard reactions (the scorching of the LME/DME) at the bottom of the pot, is it not?

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I have a near instant read thermometer that I check the wort about every 10 minutes. So to prevent scorching stir some and don't let the boil go wild. Also why does the boil have to go for an hour I understand to get certain things to boil our but why isnt a half hour boil sufficient?

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