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Old 10-22-2009, 04:32 PM   #21
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I've had equipment sitting outside with cleaning solution for a week. I think I'll take care of that tonight. Ugh.

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Old 10-22-2009, 08:33 PM   #22
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For anyone interested, I did split boils for about 5 or 6 batches (5 gal, AG) with these before I got my turkey fryer. That was when I lived in a house with a gas stove tho, my glass top electric stove just won't cut it. I think they were actually cheaper when I got them, but it looks like you can get em shipped free.

http://www.amazon.com/Prime-Pacific-...6239469&sr=8-4

Not a bad deal, hope this helps someone

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Old 10-22-2009, 09:10 PM   #23
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Split boil works great! Especially if you have a stove that cannot get 6+ gallons to a boil!

I even used it with 8 gallons of a russian imperial stout. This was a fine, fine beer, btw...



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Old 10-25-2009, 05:04 PM   #24
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Thanks for showing me the most obvious way to venture into AG. Somehow it never occurred to me to just make a smaller batch.
My experience with cooking has proven that doubling or halving a recipe is not an even ratio. For some reason you cannot simply double the ingredients and get the same result as the base recipe. Does this phenomenon apply to AG or can I simply take the recipe of my choice and cut it in half?

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Old 10-25-2009, 06:20 PM   #25
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You can just cut any given recipe in half. You're going to have to make sure you recalculate the values of your strike and sparge water temperatures, because those will change with the less grain you have.

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My experience with cooking has proven that doubling or halving a recipe is not an even ratio. For some reason you cannot simply double the ingredients and get the same result as the base recipe. Does this phenomenon apply to AG or can I simply take the recipe of my choice and cut it in half?
I've also done a fair amount of cooking and I have never experienced this 'phenomenon' when scaling recipes. What sort of things do you cook?

Anyhow, I've been thinking about doing something like this for some time but it just seemed easier to wait till I had the money to buy AG equipment rather than doing it this way. This thread has proven me wrong and I will definitely be giving this a shot!
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Old 10-26-2009, 04:12 AM   #27
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I've also done a fair amount of cooking and I have never experienced this 'phenomenon' when scaling recipes. What sort of things do you cook?

Anyhow, I've been thinking about doing something like this for some time but it just seemed easier to wait till I had the money to buy AG equipment rather than doing it this way. This thread has proven me wrong and I will definitely be giving this a shot!
You really should, it got me so stoked about brewing AG that I'm already working on my next recipe.

I learned A TON too... and it only adds an hour and a half, maybe 2 hours to the brew time...
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Thanks for the quick reply.

I figured I might be limited to 2.5g batches. If thats the case, then, assuming a recipe calls for a 5g boil, all that I need to do use half the ingredients, correct?

The electric stove works alright for 2-3 g, but anything more than that and I am waiting for a long time. I'll have to invest in that turkey fryer soon...
Sorry to be a little but if your electric stove will fit a canning element you could try that to improve your boil. I purchased one for my stove off ebay for 22.58 shipped. I also only have a 20qt kettle but I was able to get that to boil about an inch from the top without too much trouble when I installed it. The one I purchased is a 2600 watt element http://cgi.ebay.com/MP26KA-Electric-...item5ad43a073e
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Sorry to be a little but if your electric stove will fit a canning element you could try that to improve your boil. I purchased one for my stove off ebay for 22.58 shipped. I also only have a 20qt kettle but I was able to get that to boil about an inch from the top without too much trouble when I installed it. The one I purchased is a 2600 watt element http://cgi.ebay.com/MP26KA-Electric-...item5ad43a073e
Unfortunately my stove is the kind that is completely flat - not sure what it's proper name is, but the heating elements are under the flat surface.. otherwise this idea would be great!
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Unfortunately my stove is the kind that is completely flat - not sure what it's proper name is, but the heating elements are under the flat surface.. otherwise this idea would be great!
That's too bad. I have heard of a lot of people having problems with the flat/glass top electric stoves. Seems a pain if you don't have perfectly flat bottomed pots too.
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