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Old 01-30-2012, 06:34 PM   #1
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Default 20 qt pot - stove top

After a couple of one gallon batches I'm moving up to 5 gallon AG batches and was wondering if a 20 qt(7.5g) pot would fit on a stove top( these pots look huge). I live in an apartment and do not have access to a yard or outside burner. Would this fly?

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Old 01-30-2012, 06:36 PM   #2
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I think you mean 30qt. 4qts/gallon, 20qt is a 5gal pot. 30qt is a great size for 5-gallon batches cause you'll probably be boiling close to 6 gallons.

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What type of stove do you have? Mine is electric and it takes 45-55 minutes to boil 4 gallons. The size of the pot isn't the limiting factor. Try filling up your largest pot with water and see how long it takes to come to a full boil (steady stream of bubbles rising, 212F)

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Old 01-30-2012, 06:38 PM   #4
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I'm sure it has been done... but it'll take FOREVER to get 5 to 6 gallons of wort boiling on a stovetop.

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My friend and I brew on the stovetop. It does take longer but when it's 9* outside...it makes beer.

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I have a glass top stove and do 2 half boils. Works great but timing is a key for the boil over.

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I also do extract part boils on the stovetop. Waiting til spring to try out my new burner on my first AG brew.

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What I keep wondering is if there's some sort of contraption that you can throw on all four burners of a glass-top stove and get some combined mega-burner in the middle for big boils? Kinda like the griddle things you can put on there...something that channels multiple burners to the center. Am I crazy or could this work/exist?

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I use a 5G SS stock pot on our electric stove for 3G partial boils. Even that takes quite a while. I can't imagine getting 6G to boil on the average stove.
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My stove has one high powered burner and it took about an hour to get 6 gal up to a boil this past weekend. If you have regular burners or an electric it's probably going to be very difficult to get that much water to boil. I have a propane burner outside, but we have pretty high winds usually and I didn't want to get a bunch of "extra additions" in my beer.

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