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Old 03-06-2013, 11:46 AM   #1
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Default Accelerating stovetop full boil?

To make this brief: I like the idea of doing full boils, and I have a decently powerful GE Profile stove (gas) with a large burner. I know bringing 6.5 gallons to a rolling boil will take a while (1 hr+). I do have a nice 7.5 gallon pot.

My question: is there any possible value in bringing, say, 2-3 gallons of water to a boil in a separate vessel while simultaneously boiling my main 3-4 gallons of wort, then simply dumping the 2-3 gallons into the larger wort boil? Any downsides? Not worth it? Again, just an idea.

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I have done that but put in the extract to do a bigger boil. It seemed to work nicely the beer is still in primary so I don't know if it changed the taste of the beer. I would say go for it

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Sure you can boil in as many pots as you wish, sounds like a hassle to me to maybe save 20-30 minutes. Best way to expedite stovetop boils IMO is to assist with a 2000w heatstick on a 20 amp gfci.

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Thanks guys, I appreciate the feedback. I did something like what I was describing on the last 2 batches, only I'd call it an 80% boil - had to add about 1 gal top-up to each. Both are in primaries still. I'm glad to hear there is no harm in it. Just a followup or two:

Thegreatestgray - do you mean you put the extract in the second smaller pot?

wilserbrewer, I had no idea such a thing even existed!

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I have a 4 g pot and a 1.5 g pot what I did was basically made the wort in both pots then after the hot break added it all to the 4 g pot. I did it this way so I could do a bigger boil and not have to worry about a boil over. I don't know if it saved any time though

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I use a 1500W heatstick with my gas stove; works great.

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No clue a heatstick even existed either!! I'm gonna grab one for sure for my glass top stove.

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I do multi-pot full boils - utilizing more burners to heat less wort each - I also manage to do AG with Full boils on an ELECTRIC range, I used to do it on a gas range which worked better, but that was my apartment and this is my house.
I'm planning to build a heat stick this year thanks to this forum.

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I do multi pot boils AG to get to a boil, then I combine into main pot (10 gal) for the duration of boil unless I need to increase boil off rate. One burner is plenty to keep 7 gal or so at a steady rolling boil. I then use one of my extra pots to pre heat my immersion chiller so when I put it into boiling kettle last 10 min to sanitize I don't drop my wort out of boil for more than a minutes or two.

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