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Old 05-20-2009, 04:14 PM   #1
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Default My beer isn't boiling!

I have a thermometer in it, and the highest is putting out is 210.4º

No foaming, nothing... it looks like this:

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Should I be worried? it's rolling, but no bubbles and no foam.

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Old 05-20-2009, 04:27 PM   #2
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for what its worth coming from a noob. It looks like your trying to boil and awful lot of liquid on the stovetop...also perhaps try to keep a lid on it to keep the temps in?? You may have to cut down your boil amount or switch to a better heat supply

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Old 05-20-2009, 04:30 PM   #3
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this may help stovetop

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Old 05-20-2009, 04:34 PM   #4
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I had the same problem last week. My gas stove could not get a rolling boil on 3.5 gallons. I am hesitant to cover the pot because of boil-overs. It can take hours of scrubbing to get that stuff off the stove.

If you can try and position the pot over 2 burners. That will help to get more heat.

I recently ordered an outdoor propane burner for my next batch. It is 185,000BTU's, which is opposed to 7,000 BTU's on my stove burner.

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Old 05-20-2009, 04:36 PM   #5
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i think the surface area of the pot bottom was too big. we lifted half of it up and it boiled like crazy. I think the next batch may be 2-2.5 gallons instead of 3... I think we'll be fine, the temp is good and the wort smells hoppy. I am concerned, but I won't freak out.

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Old 05-20-2009, 04:40 PM   #6
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Use the lid. I did a sanity check on the new stove with 3 gal and it would only come to a low boil after 35min. Put the lid on and I got a controlled rolling boil less than 2min later. I took the lid off and it went back down to a low boil. I'm not brewing inside anymore, but that told me all I needed to know. Tells me it is possible to do a shrimp/crawfish boil on rainy days...mmmmmmm

Turbo Dog and spicy shrimp/crawfish! That's about as good as it gets in my book!

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all i need to know is that the beer is fine

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Taste the wort. If it tastes good to you, then there's nothing to worry about. Of course it won't have the final product flavor, but it will be enough to tell if you have something undesirable going on. Other people may not agree, but I can usually tell if I'm going to be close to what I want by tasting the wort.

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I had this problem a few nights ago. I made my first P.M. and my boil ended up at 4 gal in a 5 gal pot. After a bit I decided to split it into 2 pots. Once it started to boil I added them together again. My boil started back up in no time.

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????? my gas stove boils a 4 gallon pot no trouble. use the lid ! or at least use a tin foil "lid".

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