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Old 07-13-2011, 05:56 PM   #1
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Default 5 Gallon Full Boil on Electric Stove?

Hey guys,

I'm trying to determine if my run of the mill electric stove (2 big burners, 2 medium burners) will handle a full boil of 5 gallons. I'd like to go all grain, and use my stove if possible.

I'm currently boiling 3.5 gallons from extract and partials which do get a pretty vigorous boil. Should the extra gallons of an all grain batch be ok? My guess is a 5 gallon batch will probably be about 6 gallons to boil, so I guess I'm asking if my anyone else can get an electric stove to boil 6-7 gallons for a 5 gallon batch.

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Old 07-13-2011, 05:58 PM   #2
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Mine has trouble with 3 gallons,but it's 11 years old too...
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I did full boils on my stove for a while. I will warn you though that it took like an hour to get to a boil. Also, you may want to do 90 minute boils in case of DMS issues. You dont get a very strong boil I find.

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Your boil volume will push well over 6 gallons to finish with 5--even more if you end up using much pilsner malt. Depends on your stove I guess.

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It will take forever to get going, but it is possible.

I brew on an electric stove and it's by far not a top of the line, my first all grain I split the pre boil wort volume across 2 4 gallon pots aluminum pots (sold at my local grocer for 15 bucks a piece), then divided the hop additions into separate cups for each pot. The issue though I ran into with this method, pot#1 started boiling 10 minutes after pot#2 but I adjusted accordingly and went with it with fairly good success.

Here's was my topic if it helps: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f36/fisr...uccess-243208/

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Hey guys,

I'm trying to determine if my run of the mill electric stove (2 big burners, 2 medium burners) will handle a full boil of 5 gallons. I'd like to go all grain, and use my stove if possible.

I'm currently boiling 3.5 gallons from extract and partials which do get a pretty vigorous boil. Should the extra gallons of an all grain batch be ok? My guess is a 5 gallon batch will probably be about 6 gallons to boil, so I guess I'm asking if my anyone else can get an electric stove to boil 6-7 gallons for a 5 gallon batch.

Cheers.
I'm facing the same issue, and I was wondering about how the electric burner would handle the weight of the full boil. Probably better off outside with a propane burner.
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Alright, sounds like I'll be sticking with Partial and Extract for a while.

Thanks for the insight.

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I wouldn't even want to think about try a full boil indoors if you don't have the means to get a propane burner I'd stick to doing partial boils for now!!

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I do full boils on my flat top electric range. Takes 6.5 gallons 45 minutes to boil though.

I have never had a problem with weight but there was a thread a while ago that a guy had a stove built in to his cabinetry and the whole thing collapsed. Sent wort everywhere.

Edit: Here's that thread. The pic is near the bottom: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/glas...-grain-234988/

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I do full boils on my flat top electric range. Takes 6.5 gallons 45 minutes to boil though.

I have never had a problem with weight but there was a thread a while ago that a guy had a stove built in to his cabinetry and the whole thing collapsed. Sent wort everywhere.
I think a flat top would handle it better than the raised burners.
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