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Old 04-14-2008, 08:33 PM   #1
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Default Is it possible to boil 5 gallon of wort on kitchen stove?

Hi. I am new to making 5 gallons of all grain. I had only done partial mashes in the past, and had made a few batches of all grain using a 15qt pot. Now I just got a new 30qt aluminum pot and ready to start some 5-6 gallon full wort boils.

I don't have a propane burner, but i suppose I can try with the kitchen stove first.

Does anyone have experience of boiling 5 gallons on the kitchen stove and found this possible?

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Old 04-14-2008, 08:34 PM   #2
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It most certainly is possible (I do it all winter), but in the end it comes down to the power of your stove.

Here are some tips to make it a bit easier:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=53683

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Old 04-14-2008, 08:37 PM   #3
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You might get there with a standard stove, but it'll take forever and probably won't be a very strong boil. My regular old gas range doesn't boil 3 gallons terribly easily. I'm gonna get a turkey fryer soon so I can do full boils.

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You might get there with a standard stove, but it'll take forever and probably won't be a very strong boil.
elkdog -- have a look at the thread I referenced above. I used to think this too, but overcame the problem easily. I can now EASILY boil 6 gals of wort on the stovetop without even turning the burner to max.
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I can do AG in my kitchen, and boil on my stove (pics in gallery). Most people can't, because they don't have a strong enough burner, but some can. And with that linked advice, maybe more can do it.

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It took me forever to get 3.5 gal to a boil on my stove - I don't even want to try more. I am afraid that even 4 gal. would never come all the way. I will be spending a lot of time on the back porch when I get me propane burner.

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I have been doing 1.5 gal boils with the late addition method (long before I knew it was a "method").

You may want to read more on the subject.

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Old 04-14-2008, 10:39 PM   #8
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Thanks for the tip Flyguy
Your earlier post says you can slip this reflective coat on and off the pot. Does that mean you didn't tape the wrapping onto the pot, but rather just taped the reflective coat to itself so I would fit snuggly around the pot?
This is a damn good idea. Got to try this with my boil pot and my mash pot.
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Correct -- I taped it to itself, and then used bulldog clips to hold it in place. Actually, for the first few batches it was tight enough that it didn't even need the clips, but it eventually expanded a bit (presumably from the heat of the pot).

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elkdog -- have a look at the thread I referenced above. I used to think this too, but overcame the problem easily. I can now EASILY boil 6 gals of wort on the stovetop without even turning the burner to max.
Now I wish I had an electric stove. Seems like the wisdom in that thread is that I'd be setting up a fire hazard. Really nice solution you put together, though.
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