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Old 03-26-2012, 07:15 PM   #1
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Default Stove top boil issues.

Hey guys, I've been having trouble reaching a really good rolling boil on my electric stove top and it's not really an option at this point to get an outdoor gas burner. After reaching a boil and adding LME (that I've warmed in a hot water in the sink) it takes a good 15 min to get back up to temp.

So my question is: using the same setup I have now, Should I not count the time it takes to to get back to a boil in the total boil time ESPECIALLY with late additions of LME?

2-2.5 gal volumes so far.

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Old 03-26-2012, 07:22 PM   #2
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This will probably mess up your hop utilization a little, but it probably won't matter much if you're making something like a stout or anything else that only has a bittering charge. I would try to add the LME only twice - before the boiling begins and the rest at flameout. That way when you're making something with several hop additions, especially something with large flavor and aroma additions, it should preserve the volatiles as much as possible.

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Here's a quick and somewhat easy way to add more heating capability to your setup. Be VERY careful though...always use a GFCI outlet

http://hbd.org/pcalinsk/HeatStk3.htm

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I would try to add the LME only twice - before the boiling begins and the rest at flameout.
Great, I hadn't thought of that, so added LME at flameout shouldn't really affect the flavor in any way?
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:40 PM   #5
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Late extract additions actually make for a bit better flavor & lighter color.
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I had issues with my stovetop to only realize it was my kettle. This may seem obvious, but check to make sure you have a perfectly flat-bottom kettle. Mine was slightly indented around the edge meaning no direct contact was happening with the top. That was a simple fix that only cost me the price of a new kettle, and now I have two! Hope that helps.

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Those heat sticks look pretty interesting. My glass top range is pretty lame, so I was considering a portable induction burner.

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is your pot big enough to cover 2 burners at the same time?

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Switching to a bigger kettle allowed me to do stove-top boils much easier because it allows me to use two burners.

I use propane in the summer though...don't want all that excess heat torturing the AC!

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Not big enough for 2 burner sadly, it's definitely flat too. I'm really liking the heat stick idea even though it seems like a little bit of a pain in the ass. I'm all about making stuff myself to save a penny.

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