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Old 05-08-2008, 11:24 AM   #1
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When I was getting my AG stuff together over the winter. I bought a 60qt Al brew pot thinking that I would eventually use it for 10g batches.

My first boil was for a 5g batch and STILL had boil-overs. I'm having a hard time imagining doing a 10g brew.


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Old 05-08-2008, 11:28 AM   #2
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Use a thermometer in your boil pot. When the temp reaches 210, turn that sucker down a bunch. When just starts to boil, turn it down some more. If the foam starts to build, use a spray bottle of cool water to keep it at bay. It only takes about 3-5 minutes for the hot break to conjeal most of the protiens that lead to boil-overs. Then you can turn the heat back up some. You don't have to boil at really high settings, and doing so just wastes fuel. I regularly use my 30 quart pot for 5.5 gallon batches, and I only get boil-overs when I'm half drunk and not paying attention.


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I've had boilovers with my 15.5 gallon keggle, so it doesn't matter how big the pot it, it can still boil over. Shafferpilot has good advice, it will do ya fine.
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Old 05-08-2008, 11:52 AM   #4
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Check this out

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthre...hlight=fermcap
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Old 05-08-2008, 12:28 PM   #5
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That is one hell of a boil over! A 5 gallon batch boiling over through 10 gallons of head space!!! If you are really worried about it, pick-up some Fermcap-S. It can be had at Northern Brewer and is an additive that prevents boilovers and blowoff. I think it
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+1 on the Fermcap. Works great, even when I have my kettle damn near full. It was just what I needed to be able to do 10 gallon batches with my current system.
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I don't use fermcap because I'm a cheap bastard and I wouldn't get a good workout with my stirring arm or my trigger finger on the spray bottle I've got a 7.5gal pot doing 5gal boils and I found the long thermometer, my long spoon and a spray bottle work great. Once my hot break is over (same as shafferpilot, I'd say 3-5mins) I just set my burner to give me about 200F boil and go off to clean and organize, while coming back to check every 5-10minutes.
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You can either watch your pot like a hawk with a bottle of water close by, or add some foam control and forget about it.

I regularly do 6.5 gal boils in my 30 quart pot on the stove without worry. This weekend I also did a 13 gal boil in my keggle and no boil overs. This picture doesn't show the beginning of the boil, but when it started I was within about 1.5" of the rim. Foam control takes all the worry out of boil-overs -- magic stuff.

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I regularly use my 30 quart pot for 5.5 gallon batches, and I only get boil-overs when I'm half drunk and not paying attention.
This makes me feel a lot better. I mean I know it's possible, people say it's fine, but I got a 30 quart turkey fryer kit yesterday and it doesn't look any bigger than my 24 quart SS pot I was using for extract partial boils. I'm kinda wary about doing 6.5 gals on it, but hell if it's gonna stop me from brewing on Saturday
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I think part of the answer is that I was running it too hot. I WILL consider getting the fermcap drops too though.

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