The Sentinel® Boil Over Minder
It can happen in an instant. You look a way for just one moment and suddenly your brew kettle erupts in a mushroom-cloud of scalding, sticky foam; a hazard to skin, steel, burners, and floors alike.
Never be caught off-guard ever again. Enter The Sentinel® Boilover Minder: your stainless-steel line of defense against the most dangerous of brew day surprises. Whether you brew in the light of day or darkest night, The Sentinel® will be there to keep your boil steady and your mind at peace.
Engineered to prevent boilovers, the strategically placed holes disrupt the foam by creating smaller columns that collapse under their own weight. No matter how high the foam tries to rise, your Sentinel® keeps a watchful eye, knocking the foam back again and again, so you have more time to react to prevent boilovers before they can even begin.
But don't worry about those early bittering hop additions. The Sentinel® knows friend from foe with a large central hole that allows for easy hop additions. It will never have to leave it's post.
I don't like cleaning up boil over and I decided to give the Sentinel a try. This thing is twice the size that it needs to be for the Robobrew 35L. Next, I have upgraded my sparge arm with a cam lock system so it will not sit flush. It was not worth trying to ship it back so I drilled out a larger hole to make it functional. It doesn't look appealing but it is some what functional now. Overall the item should be revised to accommodate the 5 gal electric brewing community.
My first experiment in home brewing I had a boil over that left me with 2 hours of cleanup. Bought the boil over minder and 2 homebrews later and no more boil overs to clean up. Well worth the investment.
It’s ok. You’ll still have to watch for boil overs. I would recommend using the money to put towards a larger boil kettle.
Got this a while back, used it many times on brew days. I sometimes brew 10 gallon batch in a 15 gal vessel, so I'm really close to the top of my 1.2. I still keep my spray bottle of water handy and watch the boil like "10 hawks and then some" (John J. Palmer reference) but this is an awesome addition to brew day. Once you get protein break and first hop add out of the way, you won't likely even need it. Just sayin'
This works really well. It's easily worth the price and I use it every time. The only thing to watch is that your kettle sits with the holes on the inside (only a problem with some narrower 8 gallon kettles)