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Old 12-27-2007, 03:47 PM   #1
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Default Brewing with electric stove

I have an electric stove and need to know the challenges of using one to make my beer.
In the future I lpan on a outdoor propane setup. We'll see how that goes!



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Old 12-27-2007, 03:50 PM   #2
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I have a small apartment size stove and I can barely get 12L (around 3G) to boil. For extract brewing with concentrated boils this is fine (search for late extract addition for more info). I'm an all grain brewer however so I had to go the turkey fryer route.



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Old 12-27-2007, 03:52 PM   #3
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The biggest problem with an electric stove is boiling and maintaining a 2.5 to 3 gallons without the lid. Have you tested it yet to see how it performs?

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Old 12-27-2007, 05:16 PM   #4
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use two brew pots if you want. that's what I used to do. two 12qt pots split all ingredients, and then you only need about 1 gallon of top off water to bring the primary volume to 5 gallons.

this also helps with hop utilization since each pot is only a little thick, instead of being 3x heavier than the final volume.

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Old 12-27-2007, 06:15 PM   #5
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i started this way. test it out, see how long it takes you to boil 3 gallons of water on the stove. that's what i did, and i went out and bought a turkey fryer the next day. trust me, it sucks, and you can probably get a great "after the holiday" deal on a turkey fryer this time of year. i bought mine from a tractor supply store in late december/early jan. last year for around 25 bucks.

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I would get yourself a nice alluminum pot. I am not trying to beat this dead horse again but I do full boils, usually around 7 gallons, on my electric stove. Now gratned, I think I have an above average electric stove, but I think the main reason I can do it is because of the alluminum pot. I have a 20qt stainless steel pot that I use for sparge water and it takes a LONG time to get 16ish qts up to 170 degrees in that thing.

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I dont have any problems getting 5 gallons to boil on my range. However I think the weight of the pot is what messed up one of my elements. The recepticle the element plugs into cracked and the thing started shorting out. Replaced the recepticle and it still doesnt work. It looks like I have some more things to replace. Just a word of caution.

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Old 12-27-2007, 10:56 PM   #8
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Sure you can go outside.... Just get one of these alone with the post holiday sale on the turkey fryer....

http://carharttimages.carhartt.com//is/image/Carhartt/X06BLK?$BLG$

With matching boots and hood too..... nah... follow this link to an easy way to do AG in a small apartment.

http://www3.telus.net/sockmonkeysandbeer/beer/HowIBrew/howIbrew.html


In this meantime you realy wont have any problem doing extract like others have pointed out.

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the issue with my stove is that its a ceramic top, with heat sensors to protect the surface. if the pot gets more than .5" wider than the element, it never boils. the element only runs 5 seconds every minute, so I get stuck around 180F for a max temp. using an 'average' 5 gallon pot.

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Default Brewing with an Electric Stove - Patience

my2cents -- Patience. It takes me (30) minutes to get (3) gal to a rolling boil, plus another (7-10) minutes to get it back to a boil after adding the LME.

Some less powered burners will have problems maintaining a rolling boil, so you may need to put a lid on the pot. The key with a lid is to leave it partially open so that the junk in the pot can boil off.

Stepping on my soapbox: Kitchen fires are the number one cause of fires in the US household and putting out kitchen fires is the number one cause of fire injuries in the States. As a reminder to all of us in apartments - gas burners are illegal in some complexes, but most importantly -- Dangerous. Make sure to check your lease rules and keep an extinguisher close-by.



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