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Old 11-05-2012, 02:11 AM   #1
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Gutes Bier my fellow brewsters.

I was perusing a web site earlier this week and saw a self help article which included a means to prevent a boil over while cooking. It stated that simply placing a wooden spoon across your pot while boiling would prevent the wortastrophe. I was skeptical at first but decided to give it a try. I don't have any wooden spoons at home, but I do have a metal grill spatula with a wooden handle.

It is working very well so far. I'll add a pic if it'll let me.

Yes it's an aluminum pot. Sue me. The metal spoon is my stirrer (not aluminum). The dog is my Boxer named Barley.

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Old 11-05-2012, 02:15 AM   #2
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I just add a few drops of FermCap and never have a problem.


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Old 11-05-2012, 02:15 AM   #3
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Interesting, going to have to give it a try.
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Old 11-05-2012, 02:17 AM   #4
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I use a spray bottle of water, and just spray it when it foams up. My friend drops in an ice cube or two. Both work just fine for me (and him).
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:21 AM   #5
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Spray bottle until hot break subsides is how I do. Then I can almost walk away
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:38 AM   #6
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Haven't tried any of the above, but I may in the future. My BK has a thermometer, so when it gets to ~200f I pay close attention, as soon as I see it rising, I cut the heat ...usually only takes once and the danger is gone.

(I must confess, a brown ale boil got away from me once , lost a lotta hops with that mistake. )
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:36 AM   #7
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another vote for spray bottle!
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:55 AM   #8
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I actually position a fan blowing over the top of my boil. Works great!
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:57 PM   #9
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Fermcap. No contest.
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:58 PM   #10
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2 drops of fermcap total in a 9g batch kills all hot break for me. It's only a fraction of the recommended dosage, too.


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