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My first batch in my 30 qt turkey fryer was an extract kit with a 3 gallon boil and it boiled over several times.

This last batch was an AG full 6.5 gallon boil with no problems. The diff was a little SS disk SWMBO got as a gift at a Pampered Chef party. Just place at the bottom of the brew pot.
 

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Pretty unrelated but putting butter in boiling food of any kind stops boil overs. Sure this wont work with wort but figured Id throw it out there any way. I dont see much point in that disk.
 
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Like I said it was free and one site did explain the science of why it works. Since I don't have much room in the pot I won't be brewing without it.
 

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How did you manage to boil over 3 gallons in a 30 qt pot? I've done up to 4 gallons in a 20 qt pot with no problems. Do you have your flame up to high? You don't need a hard boil, just a nice rolling one.
 

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I fill my keggle with 13.5 gallons and crank the 20 PSI burner on high, add 10 drops of foam control and no boil overs ever, I dont even have to be concerned when I add the larger hop additions.
I love foam control drops, I even use em in my primary now so I dont have to mess with a blow off tube.

 
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As soon as I added the hops it was like a volcano kept pulling it off and adjusting the flame with little success.
 

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I've got a glass one, and somehow it works. I brew in a 7.5 gallon pot with one small boilover, when I didn't use the glass thingy to see if it mattered.
 

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I think they are sold as 'pot watchers.' I've placed things like saucers in large pot to keep them from boiling over. I think it's about nucleation sites during the boil.

My current favorite for anti-boilover is an oscillating fan blowing over the surface of the wort. I haven't thought about pot watchers in a while and I might have to try them again.
 

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EeryBug, I think you're right on the nucleation thing, if you watch it in a clear liquid, you can see the bubbles coming off it. A fan is a good idea to.
 

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I am going to try dense pumice ( bbq stones ) in my next beer batch. Thos them in ... they should act like the boiling stones like I used in the lab to stop boilovers.
 

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I've heard you can use coins or nuts (the metal kind - :cross: ) to achieve the same nucleation effect.

Me, I keep a spray bottle of bottled water handy. When the foam rises up, I give it a few quick sprays while I reduce the heat. "Down boy, DOWN!"
 

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I heard you can throw some SS Nuts in there to help with boil overs
 

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Just add (4) eye of nute (3) bat wings & (3) live lizards, stir your boiling cauldron while chanting Wort is good......wort is good......wort is good :D
 

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SuperiorBrew said:
I fill my keggle with 13.5 gallons and crank the 20 PSI burner on high, add 10 drops of foam control and no boil overs ever, I dont even have to be concerned when I add the larger hop additions.
I love foam control drops, I even use em in my primary now so I dont have to mess with a blow off tube.

+1 here. I've used Fermcap-S in my primary for many years and swear by it. I just started using it in the kettle, and it works great.


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I am usually here surfing HBT while my wort is boiling out in the garage, I bring my timer in here with me and just run out for quick hop additions
 
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