Ran my first AG batch today and I was extremely worried about the hot break. When Extract (w/ steeping) my hot break has always been REALLY large. My wort usually foams up and fills my entire brew kettle (7 gal turkey pot) and takes ~5min's to settle out. So today, I only filled to 5 gal's to give myself space and the hot break was over quickly >2minutes and never looked like it would foam over (it did build up ~1gallon extra foam).
I've never seen reference to this phenomena in the threads and research I've been doing to learn this hobby. Is this a normal occurance? Am I doing something wrong with the Extract brews? I assume that the thicker Extract boil is the cause of this.
Is the subdued reaction something I can expect from my future AG batches? If so, it will give me the ability to add more to the kettle.