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Old 01-13-2007, 02:16 AM   #1
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Default Unable to boil wort?

I know this sounds stupid but I have an electric stove. 2 gallons of wort in a 5 gallon pot and I am unable to get the frecking thing to boil. I get a slow rolling in the water but no real boil.

Am I screwed with this batch (my first) or is there something I can do??

Will putting the lid on the pot help?

Should I split it into two 1 gallon pots??

I hate electric stoves!!!

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Old 01-13-2007, 02:20 AM   #2
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You can put the lid on loosely so that it can evaporate off. It will help retain heat so boiling is easier.

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Old 01-13-2007, 02:29 AM   #3
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In the past with my electric stove I have used tin foil to cover my pot and then you can roll some of the foil back where you have 2 or 3 inches open that helps.

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Old 01-13-2007, 03:16 AM   #4
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I found out i had the same problem when i tried to boil 3 gallons to clean my wort chiller for the first time. I ended up buy one of these at home depot for $50. Worked incredibly well.

http://www.bayouclassicdepot.com/306..._fryer_kit.htm

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Old 01-13-2007, 03:21 AM   #5
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Using a lid will definitely help. But most electric stoves are marginal unless equiped with an extra high wattage element. When it comes to heating, gas is better and more economical, with few exceptions.

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Old 01-13-2007, 04:09 AM   #6
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When I first started I only had a eletric stove as well, but a slow roiling boil is better then no boil at all so I wouldnt worry a whole bunch. If you can afford it look for a turkey fryer and use that the no more boil problems.

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May be this one will help:
http://www.partstore.com/ProductDeta...059172&s=sspro

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Old 01-13-2007, 05:53 AM   #8
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How many burners does your stove have? You might try using one that doesnt get used all that often, I know with my kitchen stove I use one burner more then the others, and the repeated use over the years made it weak and it eventually burned out, had to replace it with a new burner. Works fine now. Just my $.02

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Okay I'll get slapped for this, but need must.

If you're tap water is good to drink then use it, if not buy a bottled water.
Add 4 gallons of the water to the fermenter.

I presume you can boil one gallon, add this to a pot and boil. If you are using a pre hopped malt then turn the heat of add to the water and mix. leave for 10 minutes.

or

If the malt is not pre hopped then you'll need to boil and follow the hop schedule.

Add to the fermenter and mix.
Check you're temp and pitch the yeast.

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Well last night we got our first brew done and into primary...

This however took forever because we have a glass top electric stove... as the glass get's heated with stuff on it it wears on the glass and creates thick sections. It was really really hard for us to get a boil going, and when it was it was a low boil... Finally, I said THWI and places the lid most of the way on, using the brew spoon to keep the lid from closing all the way...

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