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Old 02-20-2007, 09:21 PM   #1
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I was attempting my boil extract this last weekend, and i got a pretty good boil going. Accroding to the recipe the wort was supposed to foam (it didnt) unless i put the lid fully on the pot...
That's when it boiled over...good god it was a mess.

My second part to this post is... because i had to take the lid off, most of the wort coverted to steam... and i only had like 2 gallons of wort at the end of the boil. Is that supose to happen? i ended up filling the rest of the fermenter up with water so it got back up to it's 5 1/4 gallon requirement.
Did i ruin something? Will it be stronger/weaker?

(god i hate being a n00b)

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Old 02-20-2007, 09:43 PM   #2
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You don't want to put a lid on the wort while it's boiling, because that will trap a chemical call DMS that gives the beer a bad flavor of cabbage or vegetables.

Boil overs are fairly common, I think. Sometimes the stuff kicks up so fast there's nothing you can do in time. I had two boil overs on my last batch, which was my eleventh batch, so I'm still learning to control it myself.

As for topping it off, most extract brewers top off their wort, which is usually around 3 gallons, with another 2-3 gallons of water to get the full volume of 5 gallons. Since you lost some of your malt in the boil over, your original gravity might be a tad low, and the beer will end up a bit weaker, but I'm sure it will still taste fine in the end.

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Old 02-20-2007, 09:47 PM   #3
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If you had to put a lid on it to get a rolling boil, then I'd surmise that you're either boiling 4 - 5 gallons or your stove top unit sucks.

If you're doing extract you shouldn't have to boil more than 3 gallons.

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i have had the exact same problem you describe. my glass cook top will not get hot enough to boil 3 gal of wort w/o the lid. so, i use a turkey fryer now. now, i get a rolling boil everytime. certainly should not use the lid (as stated above). as for the loss due to steam - i am working on that issue as well. thinking about upgrading my operation with a new pot - bigger is better.

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Old 02-20-2007, 10:35 PM   #5
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oh sweet! I thought i was doing something wrong.

Thanks for the fast answer guys!

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