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Old 01-21-2013, 01:47 AM   #11
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I find that as the foam starts forming, just before reaching a boil, I reduce the heat a little and it foams a little less. It may slow reaching a boil by a couple of minutes but that is better than a boil-over.

 
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:50 AM   #12
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As others have stated Fermcap will be your new best friend. I do a drop for every gallon. The stuff is pretty much magic.

 
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:54 AM   #13
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Ok so the hot break is right before it starts boiling when the foam starts coming like crazy? And as soon as that happens dial back the heat a bit?

 
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:58 AM   #14
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Ok so the hot break is right before it starts boiling when the foam starts coming like crazy? And as soon as that happens dial back the heat a bit?
Go ahead and let it come to a boil and then you will see the foam start to die down or change color from dirty to white. THat is when you dial it back a bit

 
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:01 AM   #15
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I've only done 3 different batches but my first one the foam started to stop at the last 5 minutes of the boil and the other 2 it didn't really ever stop..

 
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:12 AM   #16
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It never really does stop but the foam changes from covering the whole pot deep as heck and dirty looking to a foam that kind of rolls around the pot but leave about half of the wort uncovered. You can increase the boil to the point that you will fight it all the time but you do not need to.

Let it come to a solid boil spraying it or lifting the pot off the burner just before it boils over. Pretty soon you will see the foam change in color and size and that is when you turn the heat down a little. Oh and keep a eye on it when you add hops. It will try and boil over then as well

 
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Old 01-21-2013, 04:09 PM   #17
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Or you could just buy a larger pot.....you know thats what you want to do anyway
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:47 PM   #18
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I find that having a fan blowing gently across the top of the pot with keep boil overs in check. makes me more at ease to do other things as my boil is going. Fermcap also works
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:08 PM   #19
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I'm gonna try the fan next.brew day

 
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:12 PM   #20
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Another vote for Fermcap. Used to have boil overs quite a bit, have not had a single one since using fremcap. I can walk away from a boiling pot with no hesitation now.

 
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