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Old 02-17-2010, 09:42 PM   #1
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How realistic is it to obtain a full boil on an electric stovetop with raised burners?

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Not very realistic. I've tried using one pot with two burners and I know some people have modified their burners to make them work.

The most success I've had is just splitting between two pots and splitting the hops accordingly. I split between 3 pots (2, 2 & 4 gallons) for my RIS 08/08/08:



Worked great!

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The two batches I've done so far (both 5.5 gallon boils) have been done on an electric range. I can achieve a semi-rolling boil, but I'm investing in a Bayou Burner soon.

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Old 02-17-2010, 10:39 PM   #4
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I thought so...I am just going with a 5 gallon ss pot to do partial boils for the time being, until I can get an outdoor setup completed so I can do full boils! Thanks for the input, I just ordered my first complete kit and an irish stout extract kit from Midwest Supplies...even got me a wort chiller...they just look too needed not to have one! Cheers!

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Yeah, I got a chiller as well as part of my starting kit. Just brewed my second batch today, and even though I have never tried to cool the wort with an ice bath, I've already declared it "for the birds".

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I am really looking forward to it!

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You won't know until you try it. I am doing full boils (6.5 gallons) on an electric coil burner stove top. I don't think a flat top would get it. I bet one of the solid raised cast burners would do it. I cooked on a stove once that had the wrong gas orifice. Can't remember if it was propane with a natural gas orifice or the other way around, but that stove was like cooking on a big blow torch!!!

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I say it is very possible. I did exactly what this guy did, for about $14 you can insulate your pot and make it happen. I can get 6.5 gallons boiling on my crappy electric apartment stovetop.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/impr...tovetop-53683/

Its not that the stove is not putting enough total heat into the wort, its that all that surface area on the outside of those big pots is giving it away too quickly. Harness that and you have the power the boil.

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Yeah I made an insulated wrapper for my BK like that, and it works great on my gas stove. But I just don't know how many BTUs an electric will put out.

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wrap some aluminum foil around it ( I really need to mke one of the insulating things for it)
And in ajust a few minutes from mashing and sparging temps you this

That aside I can't wait for spring and summer to use my keggle and burner outside!
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