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Old 10-05-2009, 05:01 PM   #1
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Default All grain with 2 pots

So I want to be able to do all grain but I have no easy way of bringing 5 gallons to a boil. With my stove I can usually bring 3 gallons to a boil (use that with my partial boils). Is there anyway I could use 2 boil bots with the runnings from my mash/lautering tun? I would imagine the hardest part would be the hops, making sure I divide up the hops properly. Also the boil off would be tricky I bet.

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I don't suggest messing with this. Turkey fryers are relatively cheap around now (-$40 for a fryer and 7 gallon pot). Seven gallons is pushing it, and you'll really have to watch for boil-overs, but I did it for a long time. Don't do all-grain until you can comfortably boil all 6.5-7 gallons of water in the same pot.

Another thing about turkey fryers is they are usually cheap aluminum. I never noticed a difference between my SS and turkey fryer alum., but some will frown on it.

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Old 10-05-2009, 05:39 PM   #3
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When I first started AG, I did split boils. The key was to have two pots of the same volume at the same time, and to split the hops evenly. You also should split the runnings evenly- 1/2 of the first runnings in each pot, and 1/2 of the second runnings split evenly, so that the hops utilization is the same in both pots. You should have both pots boiling at the same time, and your boil off will be twice as much with two pots, but it can be done.

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Old 10-05-2009, 05:40 PM   #4
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Don't let this stop you. Several people brew like this using smaller pots, small stoves, etc... You'll have to tweak your hop addtions and calculate boil-off, but after a batch or so, you'll have it all worked out.

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I did my first AG in two pots on the stove because I didn't want to wait for my new kettle to come in the mail. I did 4 gallons in 1 pot and 2 gallons in another and split all my hop additions up with a 2:1 ratio. Turned out great.

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This is how I do it. I have a five gallon and a four gallon kettle.
I do 5.5 gallon batches.

I live in an apartment and don't have the space for a turkey fryer. My stove is tiny also.

I usually put all the hops in one kettle and then mix the two kettles in my primary.

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Check out Deathbrewers stove-top all-grain method for some ideas. I think he does a full-boil but I don't see why you couldn't do a 2 pot boil.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/easy...ng-pics-90132/

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So I did some looking around and found this

http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-...4777823&sr=1-1

And it is considerably cheaper getting this as opposed to a large stock pot and burner at say, northernbrewer. Is there any reason to go and get a seperate stock pot and burner, as opposed to a turkey fryer?

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So I did some looking around and found this

http://www.amazon.com/Bayou-Classic-...4777823&sr=1-1

And it is considerably cheaper getting this as opposed to a large stock pot and burner at say, northernbrewer. Is there any reason to go and get a seperate stock pot and burner, as opposed to a turkey fryer?
Nope. Lots of people brew with this exact setup. And make award-winning brews doing so. The one thing to watch out for is that 30qts isn't such a huge pot, and 6.75 gallons of boiling wort will keep it pretty full and pose a pretty big risk for boil-overs. But if you get some Fermcap (highly recommended) that won't be a problem either.

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+1 on the Fermcap

Especially if you use the Bayou Classic setup.

I use that same setup in my apartment, and I have had the wort all the way to the rim on boils many times, but only because I was confident the Fermcap would keep it from boiling over.

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