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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 3:29 pm 
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Like to keep my system liking good. Last batch was a 5 gallon stout and I fought it from boiling over for a good 5-10 minutes, even trimming back the heat for most of that time.

What tricks do you use?


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 8:55 pm 
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I don't know if I just got lucky on my last brew day but I turned the heat down almost as low as it would go as it came to a boil and instead of turning the heat back up as the foam went down I waited about 15 min. The wort was just barely at a boil. I don't know if I can repeat this but hope to brew Sat.& will keep you posted.

this is my first post on a forum so if I make a mistake please help me out


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 1:37 am 
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A trick I use is dropping a few ice cubes into the BK.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 1:39 am 
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Just wondering how you are getting close to a boil over on a 5 gal batch with a 15gal BK?


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 10:51 am 
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troy.rassmussen wrote:
Just wondering how you are getting close to a boil over on a 5 gal batch with a 15gal BK?


It kept bubbling up to within a few inches or so of the lid hole. Have not tried a10-gallon batch yet, but this definitely would have been a boil over with that. That being said, I am looking for suggestions and trying to see what other folks are doing, but also get some activity on this board. Lot of creative folks out there, already like the ice cube tri.ck


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 12:38 pm 
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I have done two things... and if you are squeamish about adding this - understood.

1. Most often I simply add 1-4 drops of FermCapS at the start of the boil. FWH also works, but it is better with whole hops. That prevents the surface tension allowing the proteins to caps and foam.

2. I have also added 10 drops to DI water in a spraybottle. Then mist the surface when foams starts to form.

Both work well. The first is a bit less fussy, but then that silicon will follow into the fermenter in most cases. I have not had ANY issues at all, but again, some people rather not put anything that looks like chemicals into their beer. A little 1 oz bottle should last you several years.

I typically brew 12 gallon batches, which puts my boil volume around 13.5-14.25 gallons - right up close to the top. Foam control is necessary.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 6:13 pm 
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I used to use a 7.5 gal pot as my BK, doing 5 gal batches meant I was always flirting with boil overs. I read about using ice cubes one day and started using them on my next brew. Since using ice cubes the only time I ever have a boil over is if I'm not watching close enough. Try it next time you brew, and you will find that dropping three or four in at once with have an instant reaction to you foam and will save you from a nasty clean up later.
Thanks for giving this forum a pulse again.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 11:04 am 
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Dont drink and brew! :lol:


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 11:30 am 
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Classic


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 5:21 pm 
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Usmcruz wrote:
Dont drink and brew! :lol:


That's truly my favorite...

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