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Old 11-02-2012, 02:48 AM   #1
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Default Has any one tried boiloing over an open fire?

While I was boiling my first brew last saturday, I was watching my neighbor burn leaves. Started thinking hard hard it would be to boil over a fire and control the temp. But our forefathers had to do it, so it can be done. Has anybody tried it??

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Old 11-02-2012, 02:51 AM   #2
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I've thought about it, no idea how easy it would actually be. Seems like it would be a really fun Halloween-ish activity with some friends. Brewing a smoked beer would be rather appropriate.

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Old 11-02-2012, 03:13 AM   #3
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yea it might take on some of the smokiness from the fire.

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Old 11-02-2012, 03:19 AM   #4
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You could do it, but temp control would be an issue.

I've got an old wood fire cook stove. It's got an oven and you can cook on top.
To bake in one of these old things you need to control the size of the fire, keep it fed and use the damper.

I think you would need something setup like that. A fire box with a damper and a cooking surface.
To me, the brew day is long enough without that.

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People have done this. It's also popular to use riverbed stone that you put in the fire. When they are super hot you plop them in to the wort. It's supposed to boil it and add some caramelization. A friend of mine did it. He said the biggest draw back was having to constantly remove and add rocks to keep the boil going for an hour. It still sounds like a fun experiment, though. Maybe a smaller batch would work better...

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people have made beer this way for thousands of years. truly old school.

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its probably easiest to control the temp by moving red hot coals from the fire to under the kettle

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its probably easiest to control the temp by moving red hot coals from the fire to under the kettle
That's what I was thinking, or just use some charcoal.
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:03 PM   #9
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A guy local to me does brewing demos at the renaissance fair when it comes through here. I haven't seen him do it, but I know it involves a wood fire.

I believe using the hot stones into the pot is called stein beer.

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Old 11-02-2012, 12:05 PM   #10
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I was wondering if charcoal would be easier. When our son was in Scouts we did a lot of Dutch oven cooking. If I remember right. 1 bricket was good for 25 degrees.

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