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Old 11-09-2009, 04:48 PM   #1
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Default Apartment all grain?

Well I currently live in a 2nd floor apartment and would love to do all grain. I do have a small balcony I can brew on, however it is wood and don't really trust it. My second option would be to brew on the front sidewalk. However I would then have to carry hot wort up two flights of stairs. Now I'm no weakling by any means so I'm not worried about the weight. Just more the risk of the burning myself. I could do a split boil I have a 6 gallon pot and a 5 gallon pot. Then there is the hassle of cooling two pots...

I read DeathBrewer's write up on stove top brewing. However then there is top off water added. I am a bit worried that my efficiency will then suffer too much.

So I basically have three options. What would you apartment brewers do?

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Old 11-09-2009, 04:49 PM   #2
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I don't get why you need to top off on the stove top. I use my regular BK on the stove top when I do batches in the kitchen.

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Ah you have a 6 gallon pot? That's not really big enough to do full boils anyway, is it?

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Old 11-09-2009, 04:54 PM   #4
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I just brew fully inside. I have a 7 gallon pot and have done full boils both on an electric stove, and on my now gas stove. My pot is quite wide so it actually fits over all four burners. Plus, my stove is really small, so that helps.

If you needed more power to boil more inside, you can use a heat stick.

Also, I don't think you'll have much issues starting off with a 5 gallon boil and boiling down to 4 gallon with a top off. The difference will be pretty small.

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I'm doing all-grain and I wish I had 2 pots that big! One 5-gallon and one 3-gallon are all I have. I just do partial boils. Try stuff out, you'll come up with a process that works for you.

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Old 11-09-2009, 05:08 PM   #6
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I do stove top 2.5 gallon batches and just brew more often. Using DeathBrewer's method I have gotten low-mid 70's efficiency for the last 3 batches I have done. I have 2 4 gallon pots that I do this with.

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Old 11-09-2009, 05:14 PM   #7
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f36/firs...-today-144596/
Pics from my second floor apartment brewday. You just need two heatsticks, a ~32qt pot, and a MLT cooler with a braid.
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For years during the mid-90s all I did was stovetop all-grain, probably brewed 50 batches this way. Just split your batch between two boilpots. (I used two 4 gallon pots -- no problem on my stovetop getting 3.25 gallons in a 4 gallon pot to boil.) It'll work great.

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I just brew fully inside. I have a 7 gallon pot and have done full boils both on an electric stove, and on my now gas stove. My pot is quite wide so it actually fits over all four burners. Plus, my stove is really small, so that helps.

If you needed more power to boil more inside, you can use a heat stick.

Also, I don't think you'll have much issues starting off with a 5 gallon boil and boiling down to 4 gallon with a top off. The difference will be pretty small.
+1 to the heatstick. An extra 1500W will make all the difference in being able to do a full boil.
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To those of you who do double boil pots, do you try to equalize the wort (as far as gravity is concerned)? If so, how? If not, how do you compensate for hop utilization - do you just figure you will over-utilize on the lower gravity pot to make up for the under-utilization on the higher gravity one?

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