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Old 01-11-2010, 10:31 PM   #1
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I'm only doing 5 gal batches but I'm not sure if my gas stove top (which I do my extract batches on) will be up to the task of boiling 5+ gallons. I do have a turkey fryer and could use that. But being as cold as it is outside, I don't know if I want to combat that variable while trying to make the switch.

Does anyone use a a gas stove top for boiling 5 gallon batches?

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Old 01-11-2010, 10:36 PM   #2
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I use an electric coil stove for 5 + gallons. It takes a little longer, but works fine. I imagine the gas has to be more efficient.

It is worth mentioning that the weight of one batch broke the coil supports, but it kept heating.

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I have an electric stove too (mostly used for powder coating) but it's in the basement and I really don't like all the moisture down there. Plus the open rafters with spider webs & junk.

Might have to try a practice boil. Does anyone use a gas stove top with no problems?

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I used my gas kitchen stove on 5gals before swmbo kicked me outside. It works, it just took an hour or so to get it to a good rolling boil.

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I have a gas stovetop that I use to bring my mash and sparge waters up to temperature. The volumes on those are not as much as the boil, so I do that indoors (especially in the winter). For the full boil, I use the turkey fryer outside. I can barely get the 5 gallons to a boil on the stovetop, even straddling the BK across two burners.

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I am using (2) 4500W heating elements submerged in the wort.

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I am using (2) 4500W heating elements submerged in the wort.
What kind of circuit are you running those through? How long does it take to boil?
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My gas range could handle 5 gallons if I arranged all four burners to be under the pot.

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Banjo burner and 2kw heatstick.

If I ever get off my lazy butt and finish it, I will be using two 2kw heatsticks.

(Though, I did break down and build the other GFCI extension cord Sunday)

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What kind of circuit are you running those through? How long does it take to boil?
50A GFCI breaker.

It will boil 13 gallons from 60F in 34 minutes / 7 gallons in 18 minutes

From sparge temps, 13 gallons in 9 minutes / 7 gallons in 5 minutes
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