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Old 05-15-2009, 06:48 PM   #1
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Default How long does it take to get a rolling boil?

I have my first batch going right now. I mixed the extract and now trying to bring my pot to a rolling boil. It has been going for over an hour already. How long does it take you guys to get the wort boiling?

I have a 1 year old gas stove and using a 17 quart stainless steel pot.

I am guessing that I may need to invest in a turkey fryer.

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Old 05-15-2009, 06:50 PM   #2
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The answer is... "it depends".

Using a 16k btu burning on a stove, it used to take me as long as 30 minutes.

With a big burner and a keggle, I'm usually there in 5-8.

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Old 05-15-2009, 06:53 PM   #3
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Me thinks if after an hour you're not boiling, you stove is not powerful enough.

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Me thinks if after an hour you're not boiling, you stove is not powerful enough.
Yeah, that is my opinion as well. I can get 13 gal rolling from sparge temps in about 20 minutes.
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I multi-task by putting about 3/4 of the wort on the burner after sparging to start heating up while I do my last sparge to get the remaining wort. It gives about a 10 minute head start and I only have the gas about half way up because it could start boiling in that time if I really wanted to. At any rate once I have the final volume in (usually 7.25G) it takes about 10 minutes to boil.

This is with a turkey fryer burner, but I also have a wide surface pot on it so there is more area being hit with flames than the standard skinny frying pot.

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Old 05-15-2009, 08:05 PM   #6
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If you cover the pot it will get there a lot quicker although you should uncover when it starts to boil

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I brew on my kitchen stove all the time. It usually takes me about 45 minutes to get ~7 gallons boiling. I use a 32 quart kettle that is large enough for me to cover 2 of the stove burners. So you might try that, see if you can position it so that you can get flame from 2 burners on it.... It doesn't need to be anywhere near centered, one of them can be right on the edge of the kettle and it will still help.

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Update - it took me about 75 minutes to get it boiling (and I wouldn't exactly call it rolling). Next time I will have to use a propane outdoor burner. Can anyone recommend a good one which is not too expensive?

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I paid 70 I think for my KAB5 which I don't think they sell anymore, But the KAB4 is the same I believe. Bayou Classic is the brand. I love the thing.

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Amen to the KAB4! It will suit you for a long time in your brewing adventure!

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