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Old 08-31-2008, 08:48 PM   #1
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Default Got a turkey fryer!

So I have been gearing up to do an AG this week or next week, before I was doing partial mash's. Anyways I got this Morrone Ultimate Turkey Fryer off craigslist for 30 bucks. Looked through the manual and apparantly its rated for 170,000 BTU's, which I though was a lot since the ones I've seen at walmart were maybe 55k. It came with a 30qt aluminum pot which I think will be just big enough for full boils, so I think I will stick with it for now unless I find a reason to replace it later, who knows maybe I'll be doing 10gal batches soon.

Anyways I fired this bad boy up to test it out and I gotta say this thing scares the hell out of me. I turned it up to full blast and it is pretty loud, makes me wonder if it is safe to operate that high. It boiled the full 5 gallon bucket in about 12 minutes which was lightning fast compared to before when I was boiling on an electric stove (and that was just 2.5gallons).

Anyways I am happy with the fryer will be fun moving up to full boils.

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Old 08-31-2008, 08:51 PM   #2
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Welcome to all grain, You will never look back now. That loud sound of the propane burner is music to my ears, it means Wort is about to boil, Yum....................

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Old 08-31-2008, 09:23 PM   #3
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30 qt. pot is pushing it. I would look into foam control as it will help a lot. If you have a smaller pot you can always boil a small amount of wort on that in the kitchen at the same time.

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Old 08-31-2008, 10:55 PM   #4
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I've done 2 AGs in my 30qt pot and the boil is not all that fun. First you have to watch it like a hawk and I hate doing that. You'll have to modulate the heat and I'd get a new spray bottle to mist the foam down with water. Even doing that, I always have a couple of minor boil overs.

In my case, I can't get a full 5+ gallon batch because I have to throw away wort to keep the level low enough to boil and then when I use the spigot to drain the cooled wort, it leaves about 1-2 inches in the pot.

So my next purchase is a 1/2 barrel, and I'd highly recommend that to anyone else.

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I second the "look for a bigger pot" thing. I do 5 gallon batches in a 7.5 gallon kettle and it's a pain in the butt. A $2 sprayer from Home Depot will do well for boilovers.

For $30 though, that's a damn good deal! Congrats on the good find, and welcome to All-grain!

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I use a 30 qt pot and boil 6.75 gallons in it regularly. There is less than an inch from the top and I almost never have a boil over.

The magic ingredient...fermcap. It is a godsend. one drop in my flask for my starter and I am great. 12 drops in the boil kettle, and I get a full rolling boil without fear of a boil over.

You do want to watch the hot break carefully, but after that, it is smoth sailing. Best $6 ever.

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