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Old 07-25-2012, 04:17 PM   #1
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Trying to decide between buying a 4 gal stainless pot and using my gas stove top, or spending a little bit more for a turkey fryer...would love any insight.

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Old 07-25-2012, 04:20 PM   #2
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Save money in the long run and buy a turkey fryer. Worth it for the bigger pot alone.

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Old 07-25-2012, 04:26 PM   #3
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For extracts,including those with steeping grains,the 4 gallon SS BK would be fine for partial boils of 2.5-3 gallons. And the gas stove is def better than electric. But even the SS 4 gallon boils lidless where my 5 gallon needs a lid on the same electric stove with the same volume.
But if you want it to boil faster,get a gas outdoor burner & a 8 gallon BK. I'm thinking of using my 5 gallon SS BK on one.
The 5 gallon SSBK is good all the way up to partial mash.
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If I only had those two choices, I would definitely go with the turkey fryer kit. A four gallon pot limits you to small batches or partial boils. I know I would find myself upgrading again very shortly if I had to do partial boils. You'll probably also need to purchase a wort chiller if you don't have one already.

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Old 07-25-2012, 08:08 PM   #5
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I agree with going for the turkey fryer. Very worth it in the long run. A wort chiller isn't necessary. Nice to have? Definitely. Will an ice bath do the trick? You betcha. I'm not saying you shouldn't get a wort chiller, I'm just saying you don't need one to brew good beer.

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Old 07-25-2012, 08:35 PM   #6
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I am not sure how much turkey fryers are in your area but they average a good $55-65 which in reality is not all that much especially since youre getting 54,000 BTU (Give or take depending on the model) Which would be perfect for batches big and small but I would suggest saving up a little bit more for this $80

http://www.homebrewing.org/14-Propan...TU_p_1190.html

thats the burner I have, 220,000 BTU so it can do my small batches and it can do my large batches (upgraded my set-up to a 9 gallon brew kettle) whenever I am able to make it to a good 25 gallon set up.

However, if you have any local thrift stores poke your nose in there. My first BK that I still use today is a 5 gallon stock pot I picked up for like $7 untill I was able to afford the large propane burner. That way you can brew while saving (the hardest thing on earth to do for me)

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+1 for thrift stores! I got a Coleman outdoor propane burner from my local Goodwill store for $14.

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New to the brew, here...

Trying to decide between buying a 4 gal stainless pot and using my gas stove top, or spending a little bit more for a turkey fryer...would love any insight.
Get the turkey fryer:

Home Depot has a nice big one for $60... not much more than you'd pay for a stainless steel kettle.

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If I only had those two choices, I would definitely go with the turkey fryer kit. A four gallon pot limits you to small batches or partial boils. I know I would find myself upgrading again very shortly if I had to do partial boils. You'll probably also need to purchase a wort chiller if you don't have one already.
Partial boils? Would that be say dividing my grain in half, then boiling a 2 gallon pot, pouring it in my 5 gallon bucket, then boiling 2 more gallons with the remaining grains?
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Partial boils? Would that be say dividing my grain in half, then boiling a 2 gallon pot, pouring it in my 5 gallon bucket, then boiling 2 more gallons with the remaining grains?
Not quite. A partial boil would be boiling all of your extract/grains in (for example) 2.5 gallons of water, then topping off the fermenter to a full 5 gallons after the boil right before you pitch the yeast. With a large enough kettle you can boil the entire volume (called a full boil).
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