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Old 02-07-2008, 07:00 PM   #1
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Default Is it ok to not have a rolling boil?

It's impossible for me to get any more than a fast circulation in the wort with a slightly uneven surface. I just want to make sure this is ok, because I really don't want to lower the size of my boil.

I can get a _slight_ roll if I put the lid on my brewpot but have it propped open on one side with a wine cork standing on end. I figured if I had to do this, it might be a happy medium for evaporating the nasties and getting a good boil.

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Old 02-07-2008, 07:03 PM   #2
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A slight boil is OK, but you already know it's not ideal. You'd be happier with a big kettle on a big burner, though! Turkey fryer setups only cost ~ $30 ya know.

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I don't have a place to boil outside yet. Stupid apartment stove isn't powerful enough

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Without a good rolling boil and covering your brew kettle you are taking the risk of having a DMS (cooked corn/vegitable) flavor in your finished beer. I am taking it though that you are brewing with extracts so the risk is a bit lower becuse of the processing of the extract. I would lower the size of the boil slightly to get a better rooling boil. also from what i remember you want to keep a boil off rate of greater than 8%, i think, it may be higher, to really eliminate DMS, but that is also more important in AG.

http://homebrewzone.com/dimethyl-sulfide.htm

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There is some foil insulation that you can buy that you can wrap around your brew kettle to help keep the heat in. I hear it makes a huge difference.

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I use a turkey frier inside my apartments wash room. I just keep the windows open and have no problem boiling at all. The fryers are cheap and essential. I hate waiting for my water to boil on a stove. Now it takes 5 min.

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really? i would not use a turkey frier inside your apartment. that could be extremely dangerous. i won't even use one on my small deck.

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If you can't boil on a turkey fryer and don't want to do smaller boils then split your batch into two pots and boil them both at the same time. Also, you should always boil with the lid off to allow DMS to escape.

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really? i would not use a turkey frier inside your apartment. that could be extremely dangerous. i won't even use one on my small deck.
As long as it's well ventilated I don't see a problem. Just open a window, close the door and turn on a fan and he'd be all set.
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well, personally i was concerned about burning my place down after having a few beers during my session

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If you can't boil on a turkey fryer and don't want to do smaller boils then split your batch into two pots and boil them both at the same time. Also, you should always boil with the lid off to allow DMS to escape.
that's what i've been doing lately for all-grain in my apartment. i have a pot on the big burner with 4 gallons, a pot on the small burner with 3 gallons and split the hops accordingly. it's worked really well.

EDIT: That's even how i did it (in THREE pots ) with my RIS 08/08/08. check it out: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=49497&page=7
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