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Old 11-12-2009, 11:53 PM   #1
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My wife and I have been doing partial boils (about 2.5-3 gallons) and would really like to step up to full boils, but we live in a condo and don't think it would be wise to put a banjo burner on our balcony.

Before I drop some serious money on a 7 gallon pot I wanted to find out if anyone has been successful doing a full 5 gallon boil on a gas stove top.

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Old 11-12-2009, 11:56 PM   #2
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Yes, several people on here do them. When I boil in the kitchen, I straddle the pot over two burners and crank them both.

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Old 11-13-2009, 12:22 AM   #3
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You could also try buying a canning element. However, if your stove is a GE product, don't even bother with that!

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hotstick might help if you cant reach a boil

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Old 11-13-2009, 12:46 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies!

Our stove is gas, 4 burners with 9" (on center) between the front and back burners and only 17" between the burners and the microwave that's directly above it.

The stove is GE, but I think the canning element is for electric stoves. I did a quick search on "hotstick" but didn't find anything that seemed like it would apply - so what is it?

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You can split the wort up into two separate but equal pots and calculate hop additions accordingly. I use two pots to get the wort to a boil and then transfer to my 32 quart pot. From there it takes just a few more minutes to get it back to rolling and I'm off. My stove is small, low grade and electric, but it works just fine.

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You can split the wort up into two separate but equal pots and calculate hop additions accordingly. I use two pots to get the wort to a boil and then transfer to my 32 quart pot. From there it takes just a few more minutes to get it back to rolling and I'm off. My stove is small, low grade and electric, but it works just fine.
+1. I do all-grain this way, but started by doing split extract boils.
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You can split the wort up into two separate but equal pots and calculate hop additions accordingly. I use two pots to get the wort to a boil and then transfer to my 32 quart pot. From there it takes just a few more minutes to get it back to rolling and I'm off. My stove is small, low grade and electric, but it works just fine.
Awesome idea! I could get a 7+ gallon pot and do 1/2 in there and 1/2 in the pot I already have.
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heat stick is basically a hot water heater element that is on the end of a piece of plastic pipe. I know this sounds crazy but if you use gfci outlet its safe. you can build one for about 50 bucks. I can boil 14 gallons in a keggle with a small 50000 btu burner with the help of a heatstick. Without the stick theres no chance. You can find a DIY build for these if you search brewing heat stick

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The stove is GE, but I think the canning element is for electric stoves.
You are correct sir, missed that part of your post.
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