My hood spilleth over :(

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My hood spilleth over :(

Unread postby Jeff K » Tue Nov 25, 2014 5:02 pm

All,

Prior to buying the official hood for 20L BM my boil was quite paultry. With the hood it goes like the clappers... problem is it goes and throws tons of boil-over foam through the hood and onto the floor :(

I keep having to take it off and put it back and take it off etc. Anyone conquered this issue effectively?

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Re: My hood spilleth over :(

Unread postby royco » Tue Nov 25, 2014 5:16 pm

Hi Jeff, I had the same problem, then someone on this forum suggested adding a small quantity of hops at the beginning of the boil. Apparently the hop oils reduce the foaming.
I tried adding about 20% of the hop bill and it certainly seems to help.
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Re: My hood spilleth over :(

Unread postby Lylo » Tue Nov 25, 2014 5:18 pm

I wasn't planning on going for a run today but those cops came from nowhere!
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Re: My hood spilleth over :(

Unread postby RobW » Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:59 pm

What temperature is your boil set to?
If it's 102 like most seem to do you may need to turn it down.

Cheers

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Re: My hood spilleth over :(

Unread postby Nesto » Tue Nov 25, 2014 11:54 pm

Don't put the hood on until after you've seen the hot break - about 15 to 20 mins into the boil. Once the hot break falls back into the BM, you should be fine to put the hood on for the rest of the boil. The hop idea will work in the long run, but be careful when you put in any hop addition, either pellet or whole - they have a ton of nucleation sites and will often cause a boil over on their own.
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Re: My hood spilleth over :(

Unread postby royco » Wed Nov 26, 2014 7:22 am

RobW wrote:What temperature is your boil set to?
If it's 102 like most seem to do you may need to turn it down.

Cheers

Rob


I don't think you should turn the temp down. This is a foaming issue which can be controlled. Nesto's idea is good, leaving the hood off until hot break.
Also, if you add just a small amount of hops, a pellet or two at a time you won't get a boil-over.
Fermcap drops work very well.
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Re: My hood spilleth over :(

Unread postby dinnerstick » Wed Nov 26, 2014 7:44 am

fermcap = simethicone = anti-foam = schuimstop (NL/BE) does work wonders, it breaks the surface tension and bubbles can't form into foam. i can appreciate that someone might be wary of adding it to their wort but all the evidence says that 1. it completely drops out and doesn't make it into the beer, therefore does not affect head retention at all, and 2. it is completely inert in the human body and just passes through, that's why it is given as an anti-gas for babies. i use a drop in the wort, and then a few drops in the fermenter if headspace is limited. but i agree that a few hop pellets just before boil starts really does help.
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Re: My hood spilleth over :(

Unread postby Batz » Wed Nov 26, 2014 7:54 am

Sounds good to me! :beer:
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Re: My hood spilleth over :(

Unread postby Jeff K » Wed Nov 26, 2014 1:07 pm

Thank you all. I will try the hop idea first as I am trying to keep chemicals to a minimum.

My only issue with this method is that my favorite hop schedules call for hopping from the 30 mins to the end only, but I am sure a few pellets will not bitter me up at all :)

EDIT: also like the idea of waiting for the hot break. Will try that too.

Thanks all,
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