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Old 11-27-2012, 06:33 PM   #11
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:39 PM   #12
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Always use a blowoff.


On better bottles an orange cap works perfectly with tubing into a bucket or jar of water and sanitizer.

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Old 11-27-2012, 06:57 PM   #13
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Yes we boiled according to the instructions sheet..I even called the brew store and asked the guy if what happened sounded right and he said yes. It just looked like a dark brown solid glassy substance and smelled like creme brûlée, that's the only way I know how to describe it haha. The instructions said let the mixture cool for 5 minutes but by the time we did that it was solid
You need to use more water in the future and/or boil using less heat. As you heat sugar and water together, the water evaporates and allows the solution to rise above the 212 boiling point. If the solution goes much above 220, you are going to have some mixing problems. It sounds like yours was way, way over that, possibly 350+ if it was really dark brown and not just amber.

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