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Old 11-10-2009, 12:43 AM   #21
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Get a 10 gallon MLT cooler. The 5 wont cut it for 5 gallon high gravity beers. You just dont have enough space. For EASY apartment brewing, build 2 heatsticks from here: http://www.cedarcreeknetworks.com/heatstick.htm I have 2 of those, one a 4 foot cord one an 8 footer. I have a pot from a turkey fryer that is about 8-9 gallons. If you are doing full boils, expect to have about 7 gallons in your kettle PRE-boil. I use this pot as my HLT also. Heat up my strike water using both heatsticks to get it up to temp really fast., move it to the MLT(although with the heatstick I could directly heat the strike). Then begin heating the sparge water about 30 minutes through the mash. For this I only use 1 heatstick as I am in no hurry. Once both running have been collected and I am ready to boil, I plug in both heatstick to take it from about 160-212 pretty darn quick. Then I unplug one and the other keeps it at a HARD boil. The heatstick cost between 20-30 bucks to make but are much better/more efficient then turkey fryers, PLUS you can use them indoors. I dont brew on the stove, but instead set all my stuff on the counter with double stacked towels under them. It works like a charm. My second time out I got mid 80s efficiency doing a double batch sparge.

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Old 11-10-2009, 01:40 AM   #22
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I think I'll probably just end up splitting my boils. From reading here. I think I will look at a square cooler instead of the 5 gallon round cooler. I will have to read more about splitting the hops between the two pots. Keep the suggestions coming. I know i'm not the only one in this position as said by many.

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wow so you don't use the stove at all? Thing that is keeping me from buying a larger pot is that I just bought a really nice 6 gallon pot since I was doing PMs. Then decided it was time to go all grain. I could probably split my boils for now till i get a larger pot and make a heatstick or two. Do you use the same outlet or do you have to split it between two outlets?

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Old 11-10-2009, 01:52 AM   #24
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Two 20 amp outlets for 2 2000w elements. Works well!

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Old 11-10-2009, 01:58 AM   #25
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2 GFI outlets about 6 feet apart.

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There is no way I could boil a full 7 gallons on my stove in one pot.

My way may not work for others but it's what I have so it's what I use. My beer tastes great.

I must be a dummy but I don't see what the OG has to do w/ hop utilization? I thought it had to do w/ how long you boiled the hops for? The longer the boil, the more bittering oils you'll pull out of the hops.
What am I missing?

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The bigger the boil, the better the hop utilization. 3 oz in a 5 gallon will utilize better then 1.5 oz in 2.5 gallon.

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Hey CoalCracker, is your stove gas or electric? I have a gas stove and can boil 7.5gal in a 10g stainless crappy pot I bought at the camping store for $60, it works great. For the record, I have 898 sqft and my kitchen is tiny. I have 7 fermenters (4 active now) and brew all grain.

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I currently have an electric range. It has an issue bringing 3.5 gallons to a boil. What I may do is boil 5 gallons and watch it closely to avoid a boil over then boil the remaining in a small pot. I really don't want to buy another pot as I'm not sure what I'll do with the others. haha
Boiling the 5 gallons should be close enough to a full boil to get the best utilization without it effecting too much taste.

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There is no way I could boil a full 7 gallons on my stove in one pot.

My way may not work for others but it's what I have so it's what I use. My beer tastes great.

I must be a dummy but I don't see what the OG has to do w/ hop utilization? I thought it had to do w/ how long you boiled the hops for? The longer the boil, the more bittering oils you'll pull out of the hops.
What am I missing?
Higher gravity boils pull less oils out of the hops.
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