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Old 08-09-2012, 12:23 AM   #1
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Default Cool trick to prevent boil overs

SWMBO found this tip on Pinterest and told me about it. Basically, you just put a wooden, anything really, over the top of your kettle and as soon as the bubbles that are about to boil over hit the wood, it all goes away. I did a small scale test with the starter I made today and it totally worked. I am going to find a bigger wooden kitchen spoon to try it out on my next brew. In theory, I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work as long as the spoon is big enough.
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Old 08-09-2012, 12:35 AM   #2
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...so what does the spoon or rather wood actually do for the boil over? Does it give the bubbles something to pop against? Metal work? I play with my flame know like its going out if style until all settles
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Old 08-09-2012, 01:02 AM   #3
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I have no idea how it works, just that it does. I did a quick search and all I found out was that the spoon makes the bubbles pop and that you could, in fact, use something metal. From watching it happen, though, I'd say it's got to be more than just making the bubbles pop. I mean, as soon as the bubbles hit the spoon, they all went away, not just the ones that touched the spoon. I'll see if I can find some more info.
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I love this idea... will have to look into it more.

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Thanks. I'm going to try a wooden spoon handle in the neck of my flask for my next starter.
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I did a little more research and apparently since the wood is cooler than the wort, when the bubbles hit, a lot of heat get dissipated to the spoon causing the boil over to stop. Knowing that, my new plan is to only use the spoon at the high boil over risk points (beginning of boil and all hop charges). That way the spoon doesn't get so hot that it won't be effective at countering the boil over.
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I'm gonna have to give this a try. I use a 9 gallon kettle and always seem to come dangerously close to a boil over, although I haven't actually had one in quite a while. Still this seems a lot easier than hovering over the propane regulator.
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There has to be something more to it here, right? My lid doesn't stop boil overs but it's basically the same temperature. I will be testing this next brew day as well.. I have to admit, I am skeptical but I will try anything. I have heard of using some silicon additive. I would rather take my chances on a boil over than put junk in my beer.
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