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Old 08-20-2010, 03:34 AM   #21
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I have only ever used crappy college stoves and basic coil electric stoves and I have always been able to boil at least 5 gallons pretty easily.

 
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Old 08-20-2010, 08:11 AM   #22
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Wasn't there some thing recently that you could pour into a bottle of soda and turn it into alcohol.

Yeah, just buy like 50 of those and drink up!
It's called rum or whiskey.
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I have a glass top stove and really struggled to reach a boil. That's why I bought a burner and couldn't be happier.
Same here.
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Old 08-20-2010, 03:40 PM   #24
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Don't people insulate their brewpots sometimes, to get it warmer faster? Can't you wrap it in aluminum foil and that supposedly helps?

Anybody tried it and noticed a difference?

 
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Old 08-20-2010, 04:06 PM   #25
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I made a wrapper for my BK with automotive firewall insulation. It helps a lot, as a matter of fact.

 
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Old 08-20-2010, 07:27 PM   #26
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I had this problem when I moved too (though I'm doing full ~8 gallon boils). The old stove used to be able to handle it, but the new one has a much smaller coil. I bought a turkey friar on sale at ace, and it's been great brewing on my tiny balcony.

You should grab some heavy duty tin foil and wrap the bottom of the pot. I like to make a kind of loose 'tent' with it that keeps more heat close to the pot. Should work well for ~2 gallons.

 
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Old 08-20-2010, 07:45 PM   #27
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What I have done in the past is put the lid on until it begins to boil, then once I get a good boil, I place the lid where is is half over the pot and half off... It helps hold the heat in, but still allows for evaporation.
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Old 08-21-2010, 03:13 PM   #28
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What I have done in the past is put the lid on until it begins to boil, then once I get a good boil, I place the lid where is is half over the pot and half off... It helps hold the heat in, but still allows for evaporation.
So you don't get any "cabbage" flavor in your beer this way? That's what I'd worry about with a covered boil...

 
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Old 08-21-2010, 03:54 PM   #29
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No... that's why I don't cover during the boil... just fully cover to retain heat to get the water to a rolling boil. Then by having the lid half way on it helps reflect/contain the heat enough to keep it at a light rolling boil, but the nasties can still evaporate out.
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