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Old 08-19-2010, 11:48 AM   #11
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Definitely go get a propane burner. I did after just one attempt on my stove. Yeah, I reached a boil by straddling two burners, but it took 2.5 hrs. to do so. With my Blichmann burner (now converted to NG), I reached a boil in about 20 minutes.

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Old 08-19-2010, 12:20 PM   #12
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Because of the move I've completely demolished the sad little pipeline I had managed to put together... Just cracked my last beer.

Any instant fermentation techniques?
Wasn't there some thing recently that you could pour into a bottle of soda and turn it into alcohol.

Yeah, just buy like 50 of those and drink up!
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Old 08-19-2010, 06:38 PM   #13
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If your thinking of going propane outdoors, now is a good time. Costco has their tanks on closeout. As i bought a 20lb tank yesterday that has the gauge showing how full the tank is for 20 dollars. A steal i thought.

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Old 08-19-2010, 06:44 PM   #14
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Any instant fermentation techniques?
There are products they sell that cut down on brewing time. The grain is pre-mashed, the wort is already boiled and hopped, it's been fermented, carbonated and conditioned for you. You can even choose to buy them one at a time or in groups of 6 or 12!

But what's the fun in that?
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:54 PM   #15
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Is there really going to be a big difference in the quality of your beer between 200F and 212F??

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It is pretty important to actually reach a boil for the sulfur compounds to evolve and boil off. If they aren't removed during the boil, they can form dimethyl sulfide, which contributes a cooked cabbage or corn-like flavor to the beer.

Water boils at 210-212 degrees, depending on your altitude. 212 at sea level and 210 around 1,000 ft. elevation. So unless you are over 7000 ft. elevation, 200 deg. won't get you there.

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Old 08-19-2010, 10:30 PM   #17
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Is there really going to be a big difference in the quality of your beer between 200F and 212F??
You also need the evaporation to get down to the batch size/OG that you want.
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:45 PM   #18
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do you have a glass-top stove? They limit the amount of heat the burner can produce, so they don't crack the surface.

I have no problems boiling 5 gallons on a single old-fashioned coil burner

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do you have a glass-top stove? They limit the amount of heat the burner can produce, so they don't crack the surface.

I have no problems boiling 5 gallons on a single old-fashioned coil burner
I have a glass top stove and really struggled to reach a boil. That's why I bought a burner and couldn't be happier.
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I also have a (I guess glass top?) stove. It's just flat and has some red circles that glow under it. It boils water pretty fast but I don't like all of the vapors in my kitchen. It kills my AC unit too because it raises my temp by like 5 degrees in the house. I'm looking forward to buying a burner and doing some outdoor brews this fall/winter in the cold! Maybe even use a snow pile as a wort chiller

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