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Old 11-02-2007, 01:50 PM   #11
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Remember, it's harder to heat water than oil for some technical reason I don't remember...
Yea... after some research I found that out
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Old 11-02-2007, 02:35 PM   #12
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There's been a lot of discussion of BTU needed, and the conversion is 1 Watt = 3.413 BTU/hr. So the 1650 Watt burner would be the same as a 5631.45 BTU burner. Now I'm sure the utilization is much better since you aren't losing any heat around the pot or anything, but I still would be skeptical, even or partial boils.

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Old 11-02-2007, 03:41 PM   #13
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You should be able to do 2.5-3 gallon boils without any problem. The electrical rating is about what the larger coil on my stove has and I've done mini-mashes on it. I have a propane setup, but when it is cold, windy AND raining ...

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Old 11-02-2007, 03:49 PM   #14
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Do you have a friend with a garage?

Who says you have to brew in your own residence?

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Old 11-02-2007, 06:00 PM   #15
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Do you have a friend with a garage?

Who says you have to brew in your own residence?
I think BM is onto something. Especially if the friend with the garage likes beer. He'd probably allow the you to use the garage for a 12 pack or so every time you brew. Might be a friend that you give beer to anyway who knows. I would think you could even seal up the carboy or bucket and bring it back to your apartment so that you don't have to go to the friends house to rack to secondary, bottle, etc only to brew.
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Old 11-02-2007, 06:21 PM   #16
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Do you have a friend with a garage?

Who says you have to brew in your own residence?
I already do that... just a pain in the ass to pack everything up plus it's nice to brew at home
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Old 11-02-2007, 06:29 PM   #17
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I'm tellin' ya man....keep your propane in a closet and out of plain sight Then just brew on the sidewalk, 15-25 feet from the building. An electric turkey fryer is probably going to take forever, and isn't something you can use for the long haul.

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Old 11-05-2007, 04:46 PM   #18
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I have one, and it will maintain a weak boil w/o the lid and a good boil with the lid. It's also pretty slow heating up at only 1800W. For those reasons, I'm back to gas.

I went there for two reasons. 1) Had the cooker. 2) I liked the ease/safety of set it and forget it.


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Remember, it's harder to heat water than oil for some technical reason I don't remember...
Water evaporates taking a great deal of heat with it. A lid keeps much of that in, and it transitions from from no-boil to boil. Oil loses most of it's heat as radiation from the pot and surface.
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Old 11-06-2007, 08:29 PM   #19
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I have one and have used it for three batches so far. It is all I plan on using for now on. It does take a little bit to start the boil initially but from the mash out at 171 to 212 it only takes like 10-12 mins. An no its not a rolling boil, but its a boil, without the lid on.

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Old 11-06-2007, 08:42 PM   #20
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For all the "iffi-ness" in this situation, you may not like this, but for the interim, maybe you could just go back to partial boils on the stove top. You might not win any awards, but the brew will be a lot better than what you'd get at the gas station.

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