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Old 08-06-2013, 08:16 PM   #1
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This is the way I do it.

1-digital thermometer w/temp alert alarm set to 207* in the wort while it's on the burner.
2-when alarm goes off stand by the pot w/one hand on the propane control and the other holding a spray bottle of water.
3-when the boil begins, lower the propane setting and squirt water until it settles down.

Have not had a boil over in way over a year.

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Old 08-07-2013, 01:41 AM   #2
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I do that too, it also helps to remove some of the hop matter that gets stuck to the sides during the hot break. I really like the use of fermcap too.

I usually don't lower the propane though.

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I haven't had one in a while using those methods. Spray bottle is a must though! Well, for me anyway. I start my boil with around 5.5-5.75 gallons with about an inch space to the top of my pot. Sometimes it's tough to prevent though with that small of a pot.

I brew in my garage, so if it does boil over it's not a big deal. Just grab the water hose.

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And I've never used fermcap. I have always told myself to use it but I never do. I'm not sure why either, since I've seen so many success stories using it.

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The thermometer w/the alarm is the key to get ready.

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Paying attention is the best though. (Not saying you don't) Even though I still use a digital thermometer, I can tell when the boil is about to start and prepare for it. After the hot break, nothing but relaxing!

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