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Old 07-28-2007, 02:13 AM   #1
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Default Prefer stove top or propane burner?

New home brewer, going to make my first batch tomorrow. Whats better inside on a gas satove or out side on a propane burner?

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Old 07-28-2007, 02:18 AM   #2
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many more variables needed for input.

Are you, extract partial boil only/ all grain, partial mash...

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Old 07-28-2007, 02:21 AM   #3
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Well, most people doing all grain batches (and some extract brewers) like to do it on a propane burner. For a variety of reasons- one is that you can easily boil say, 6 gallons of wort, quickly with a big bad burner. I however LOVE to boil inside. I have a stove that can handle a 7 gallon boil with no problem. Some have trouble getting 3 gallons to boil.

If your stove can handle whatever size boil you are doing, then the choice is yours. I will tell you, though, that I have had several complaints in my house of "the smell". Now, since I own the home and the bodies that are complaining (ages 15 and 17), I don't have a problem. But if you are a married or attached male, you may want to be aware of this.

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Old 07-28-2007, 02:27 AM   #4
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I like to be outside so, propane for me.

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extract full boil, and i think my stove is pretty weakk

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well, give it a test. If you can get a pot of 7 gallons of water to a good rolling boil, you may be fine. If not, well, even a cheap propane burner will get you going. I tested my stove fully to try and could not get more than 3.5 gallons boiling at a good rolling boil and I have a propane stove. If you can, go for it. If not, well, get a burner or consider partial boils for the time being.

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I much prefer being inside, so I've never considered propane. I boil down nearly 7 gallons of wort on an electric stove. Some stoves can do it, some can't.

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In July? I can't imagine doing it anywhere but outside on a propane burner - and I live in the cool PNW!

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I've brewed inside doing my mash and sparge water on the stove, but I would do my full boil outside on a turkey fryer. Too much heat and steam to be inside for 7 gallons boiling for over an hour.

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Chance of boilover means i always take it outside!

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