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Old 12-03-2012, 09:23 PM   #11
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You know the points when the boil over is probably going to happen so watch it close and adjust the flame as needed.

Oh, and more extra space in your pot helps also.

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Get a plastic spray bottle something like you would use to spray clothes when ironing. As soon as your wort begins to boil spray water on it.
This is what I do. I do AG and sometimes the hop break is insane so a spray bottle of cold water can be the difference between all going well and a boil over. If you're doing extract it also helps to shutoff the flame first before adding extract.


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Don't add your 60-min hops until you've had a good boil for 2 or 3 minutes.
Fermcap-S (add right when it starts to boil, not before).
Bigger pot.

In that order.

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Old 12-03-2012, 09:37 PM   #14
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This is what I do. I do AG and sometimes the hop break is insane so a spray bottle of cold water can be the difference between all going well and a boil over. If you're doing extract it also helps to shutoff the flame first before adding extract.


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When I have enough in the keggle that boil-over is a possibility, I have the fermcap-s on standby. I can add that quickly, which will get that foam back under control for the batch. I then don't need to worry about any more foam/boil-overs (that batch).
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I always keep a spray bottle nearby, but the only time I've had boil overs is when making wort in a small saucepan for yeast starters. I'll boil and 3 to 3.5 gallons in a 4 gallon pot for extract and 7 gallons in an 8 gallon pot for all grain; never once had a problem. I think it's pretty important to understand how hot your burner is running (tougher on an outdoor propane burner) and knowing when to turn it up or down. You'll get it with experience.

Or those fermcap things. lol

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Or those fermcap things. lol
Fermcap is a solution, not a 'things' Bubba...

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And label your spray bottle WATER. Ya don't want to be accidentally spraying starsan or bleach in there.

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And label your spray bottle WATER. Ya don't want to be accidentally spraying starsan or bleach in there.
Star San would be safe, bleach not so.

I wouldn't keep a spray bottle of beach, period. But now that you've mentioned it, I need to mark the spray bottle I've got drilling coolant in. Don't want to mix that one up with the Star San bottle, either empty or full.
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Right, right, I keep thinking they're something like whirlfloc tablets in my mind. I don't see myself seeking out some Fermcap until I start getting boil overs. I hope careful attention when the brew kettle is at full capacity helps make it a long time until I have to spend $6 on a vial of that.
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Right, right, I keep thinking they're something like whirlfloc tablets in my mind. I don't see myself seeking out some Fermcap until I start getting boil overs. I hope careful attention when the brew kettle is at full capacity helps make it a long time until I have to spend $6 on a vial of that.
That 2oz bottle will go a long way though. Considering how you use the dropper in the cap, and 1-3 drops per gallon (depending on where/when you use it) it tends to last a good long time. Unless you're brewing 10 gallon batches, every two weeks (or more).
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