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Old 03-02-2010, 07:36 PM   #1
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Default all grain on electric stovetop, is it possible?

im ready to move to all grain. im feeling pretty confident about the process, except boiling the wort. Is it actually possible to achieve a full boil w/ 6 gallon wort on an electric stovetop? does it just take really long? are there any cons to the way your brew turns out waiting this long to achieve a boil? i'd like some opinions of people who have attempted an all grain full boil on electric stovetop. im only interested in doing a 5 gallon batch and i'd hate to waste all the time doing the all grain process if i cant achieve a full boil or compromise the quality of my brew. i was looking into using a turkey fryer, but thats last resort if i cant achieve the full boil on the electric stovetop(low on fund$). if i have to get a turkey fryer, is this one legit?-

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Old 03-02-2010, 07:49 PM   #2
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I had a hard time boiling 4 gal of wort until I went to the hardware store and bought some vent duct insulation. It was a dense foam with foil on one side and sticky on the other. I double it over sticky sides together and wrapped my 8 gal bk with it. Had no problem getting 6.5 gal. to a vigorous boil (lid half on) over one burner with that setup. Got the idea from someone else on this forum. BTW my stove top is the tempered glass type.


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Old 03-02-2010, 08:03 PM   #3
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Yeah. I insulated a 6 gallon kettle for 3.5 gallon batches. It takes a long time to get going but my stove will keep a good boil going once I get there.
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Old 03-02-2010, 08:06 PM   #4
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It must depend on your stove. I can get 6.5 gallons going on my eletric stove to a full boil in about 40 min
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i recommend this...less $ more btu and free shipping. I have one and love it...


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Old 03-02-2010, 08:07 PM   #6
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It may depend on your stove top. I've been able to boil 6 gallons of wort in about 35 min. Ofcourse that's from 170 out of the mash.
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Old 03-02-2010, 08:11 PM   #7
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Stove element wattage does differ from model to model and some glass tops will cycle the element to protect itself.

If you have an older stove you can change out the element for a 2600W (the highest available) for under $15. Older stoves can vary from 2000W to 2600W for the large burner. This is a difference of 6824 BTU to 8872 BTU. Propane burners are 30,000 BTU or so, but do loose a lot to atmosphere.
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Old 03-02-2010, 08:57 PM   #8
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It can be done but rent some movies. I use mine when it is a cold @$$ blizzard outside but have to get my brew on. I have a glass top range and a 10 gal mega pot. I have to sit the pot on two burners (both on High) and even then, it takes about an hour to get boiling.
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A great guy on this forum, DeathBrewer, has a pretty good tutorial for all-grain stovetop brewing. I haven't dont it yet but I definitely would take his word for it.

Here is the link:

Easy Stovetop All-Grain Brewing (with pics)
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It must depend on your stove. I can get 6.5 gallons going on my eletric stove to a full boil in about 40 min
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