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Old 11-20-2007, 06:47 PM   #1
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Can I boil my wort on a grill outside?

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Old 11-20-2007, 06:47 PM   #2
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Yeah if its gas

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Old 11-20-2007, 06:49 PM   #3
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If it'll support the weight. That'd be my concern. A full boil for a 5gal batch is between 50 and 60 pounds. I don't think my Weber kettle would handle that, but a bigger propane model with cast iron grates probably would.

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Old 11-20-2007, 07:02 PM   #5
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My charbroil has solid brass burners and I've straddled two of them with a 30qt pot for many batches. Most grills have cheap sheet metal burners though.

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Old 11-20-2007, 07:05 PM   #6
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THATS HOT! (no pun intended...LOL)

I have a pretty big propane grill with cast iron grates right outside. That would eliminate the "smell issue" that occurred this weekend when I brewed!

As for the weight, I only boiled 3 gallons, not the full 5, so it wont be an issue.

Thanks guys...I was just about to start shopping for a propane burner when that occured to me.
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Old 11-20-2007, 07:07 PM   #7
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I have a pretty big propane grill with cast iron grates right outside. That would eliminate the "smell issue" that occurred this weekend when I brewed!
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Lucky bastard! It takes a real man to brew in a townhouse complex with strict fire codes against propane. Or an idiot like me
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Old 11-20-2007, 07:13 PM   #8
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Dude... wife was out shopping all day while I brewed. I had the windows open, the house fan on, the stove extractor, and a 2-hour buffer between the time I finished and the time she got home. Both my kids were home with me wearing jackets! LOL... I thought I was in the clear by the time she came home... boy was I mistaken! I thought she was gonna kill me! LOL...

Outdoor grill is the way to go.

That being said, should I keep it covered while it's boiling so none of that outdoor stuff gets into the brew?

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Don't cover it around the hot break and hop addition times. If you have to cover it, do not cover completely. I'd just put a splatter screen over it myself...

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Old 11-21-2007, 06:45 AM   #10
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I saw a guy on here that posted about using coal with a grate over the fire to brew with. Any heat source should work if it gets hot.

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