Had my first boil over tonight. I have to admit, I know it was my fault, but I’m really bummed. I was making the Hope and King Scotch extract kit and I had just added the DME. I was going to try irish moss tonight for the first time to see how it worked. I returned the kettle to the heat, got it boiling and I set my timer for 5 minutes (so I knew when to add the final hops) and checked to make sure everything was good. It looked ok, so I stepped out of my kitchen into my living room to grab my beer, I picked up a letter I received in the mail and I heard the kettle boiling over. Ran the 5 feet back to the kettle and got it off the burner, but I think I lost a good bit. My timer said 4:20 left - 40 seconds. 40 SECONDS!!!
I was able to recover, I think, and I only added 2 gallons of water and got my OG to 1.065 (a bit higher than the 1.060, but I want to guarantee I actually have something worth fermenting). We’ll see how it turns out. It doesn’t look good. I thought Irish moss was supposed to keep all the junk in the boil kettle but all it’s done for me is keep all the sludge together - it still ended up in my primary. Unless the irish moss is supposed to precipitate the proteins and stuff during the primary I may scrap this one and start over. Blargh.