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Old 01-15-2011, 04:19 PM   #21
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Check amazon for prices on turkey fryers (30+ quart). Read up on it if you want to, but Aluminum is fine & cheaper than stainless, but you need to "prep" the aluminum before use (basically boil water in it for 30 minutes or so).

Also, look at just the kettle, and look at kettle + burner combo's. My bet is that you could probably find turkey fryer kit with a propane burner for just a touch more than the kettle itself.
Thanks for the heads up but unfortunately, cooking outside isn't an option. I live in an apartment and my landlord wouldn't look too kindly upon me running a propane burner on my porch. I'm going to have to go with the stovetop method that other people linked to earlier in this thread.

So, I'm still going to try to find a 6.5 gallon pot and take it from there. Still on the fence about the wort cooler. Homebrewing costs add up after a while!
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Thanks for the heads up but unfortunately, cooking outside isn't an option. I live in an apartment and my landlord wouldn't look too kindly upon me running a propane burner on my porch. I'm going to have to go with the stovetop method that other people linked to earlier in this thread.

So, I'm still going to try to find a 6.5 gallon pot and take it from there. Still on the fence about the wort cooler. Homebrewing costs add up after a while!
Before you spend the money on a bigger pot, check and see how powerful your stove is. Most people can NOT boil 5+ gallons on top of their stove.

I can- but I have a kick ass gas professional stove with a big powerful burner.

Try boiling water in the biggest pot you have before finding out you may not be able to do it on your stove with wort!
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Before you spend the money on a bigger pot, check and see how powerful your stove is. Most people can NOT boil 5+ gallons on top of their stove.

I can- but I have a kick ass gas professional stove with a big powerful burner.

Try boiling water in the biggest pot you have before finding out you may not be able to do it on your stove with wort!
That's great advice. I'll fill up the 5 gallon today and see what I can do before dropping more cash.
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Thanks for the heads up but unfortunately, cooking outside isn't an option. I live in an apartment and my landlord wouldn't look too kindly upon me running a propane burner on my porch. I'm going to have to go with the stovetop method that other people linked to earlier in this thread.

So, I'm still going to try to find a 6.5 gallon pot and take it from there. Still on the fence about the wort cooler. Homebrewing costs add up after a while!
oh, and remember, if you start with 5 gal, or even 6, you will probably need to top up your final volume with some water, since you will have boil off and loss to hops. I have a 10 gallon kettle... I dont fill it up, but Im sure glad I didnt buy an 8 gallon pot...

I agree with yooper, test before you buy. Oh, and I would also make sure your stovetop can even support the weight of 7.75 gal preboil plus a 20 lb pot....you might be limited to doing partial mashes until you have more space and/or are able to brew outside. (or you could look into electric ).
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Looking more like partial mash is the way to go for me at this point. Unfortunately, I jumped the gun and bought all this for an all-grain recipe:

7.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)
0.75 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)
0.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM)
0.50 lb Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM)
0.25 oz Centennial [9.50%] (55 min)
0.25 oz Centennial [9.50%] (35 min)
0.25 oz Cascade [7.80%] (20 min)
0.25 oz Cascade [7.80%] (5 min)

I can still use some of that for a partial mash, right? Just replace the Pale Malt with an extract?

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Looking more like partial mash is the way to go for me at this point. Unfortunately, I jumped the gun and bought all this for an all-grain recipe:

7.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)
0.75 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)
0.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM)
0.50 lb Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM)
0.25 oz Centennial [9.50%] (55 min)
0.25 oz Centennial [9.50%] (35 min)
0.25 oz Cascade [7.80%] (20 min)
0.25 oz Cascade [7.80%] (5 min)

I can still use some of that for a partial mash, right? Just replace the Pale Malt with an extract?

Yes, as long as the grains aren't all mixed together!

You can plan on this:
1 pound grain = .75 pound LME = .6 pound DME.

You can sub some or all of the two-row (pale malt) with extract.
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Fortunately the grains aren't mixed yet. Sorry for all the questions but I was also just reading through Deathbrewer's method and he seems to be able to do an all grain recipe in a 6 gal pot, no?

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How powerful are your stove's burners?

My stove? I can do a 5 gal pot, maybe a 6 though I haven't tried yet.

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Thanks for the heads up but unfortunately, cooking outside isn't an option. I live in an apartment and my landlord wouldn't look too kindly upon me running a propane burner on my porch. I'm going to have to go with the stovetop method that other people linked to earlier in this thread.

So, I'm still going to try to find a 6.5 gallon pot and take it from there. Still on the fence about the wort cooler. Homebrewing costs add up after a while!
See if he'll let you do it in the parking lot in exchange for a few 12ozes of the final product!

Also, as far as the wort cooler goes, I don't even view that as an option. I did two batches and realized I simply couldn't live without one. On top of the time savings, there's an incredible difference between the clarity of beer with a good cold break versus without.
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Fortunately the grains aren't mixed yet. Sorry for all the questions but I was also just reading through Deathbrewer's method and he seems to be able to do an all grain recipe in a 6 gal pot, no?
yes.. but, he tops off with cold water during cooling to get his final volume.
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