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Old 01-11-2011, 12:20 PM   #1
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Getting ready to get a full 5 gallon kit and would like to know if there are some of you brewing in a small one bedroom apartment. The main thing I am worried about is my electric stove. Will an electric stove work for making full 5 gallon batches? Please let me know what you think.

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Old 01-11-2011, 12:22 PM   #2
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I think the general consensus is that a stovetop won't do full boils so I am afraid you are going to be relegated to partials. Do you have a patio or deck where you could use propane?

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Old 01-11-2011, 12:25 PM   #3
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Best way to find out is to get your biggest pot out of the cupboard and fill it with water and crank up the stove and see what it can do. Then you'll know for sure. You should be able to boil at least 3 gal I would think. I used to do around 4 on my stove until I got my burner. Good luck!

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I think the general consensus is that a stovetop won't do full boils so I am afraid you are going to be relegated to partials. Do you have a patio or deck where you could use propane?
Well I could use propane but I dont think I can use it on the deck. I know I cant use a babaquer on the deck. I will look into this.

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I haven't had good luck trying to get 5 gallons heated in my apartment with electric stove and my complex doesn't allow the same thing, otherwise I'd have both a grill and a turkey frier out there. Instead, I've been doing single gallon batches lately, but it does look like I can boil 3 fairly easily. I'm just waiting until I either get or build a cooling coil.

Theres also the possible usage of "heatsticks" I believe converted electric water heater elements, which some people use to heat water when they are in similar situations.

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I use a heat stick (1500W), along with my stove; it works great for full boils.

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Just did a full boil in a 2 bedroom apartment complex....No problems at all.

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Try it with water on your stove first and see how much water you can keep at a nice rolling boil. I have several friends who are able to place their brew pots over a couple of burners at once and do full boils just using their stove.

My stove, however, will not handle a full 7 gallon boil so I augment it with a heat stick that I built for about $40. With the stove on and the heat stick running I can get to a very hard rolling boil with 7+ gallons of liquid in the kettle. I actually have to turn the stove down once I hit a boil or it is too violent. If you're comfortable with basic DIY and your stove can't handle the boil on its own then the heatstick might be a good option for you.

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I live in a small oe bedroom. I did a partial boil which took forever, 35-45 minutes. I recently went online to fireforless and bought a bayou classic which I'm going to use on my patio..........ive never been told not to use it so I'm going to

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I brew in a small apartment and I've had no problems.

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