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Old 02-04-2011, 04:35 AM   #1
Fist96
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Question; this is my first batch. My stove along with the stainless steel kettle is barely keeping the wort boiling. Should I pitch this one and start over with an aluminum kettle or will this batch be good to let ferment?



 
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Old 02-04-2011, 04:53 AM   #2
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It will be fine.
Are you boiling 5 or more gallons? Next time: You may need to reduce the size of your boil if your stove is not hot enough.


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Old 02-04-2011, 04:59 AM   #3
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as long as it boils a little, it'll be ok. as downinit implies, might want to look at partial boils
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Old 02-04-2011, 05:00 AM   #4
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It was a 2.5 gal boil. Thanks for the info. For a while I just wanted to shoot the stove.

 
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Old 02-04-2011, 05:08 AM   #5
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you can get the water boiling hard with a lid on, then add everything. that might help a little. make sure you keep the lid off after adding the ingredients, though. there is a chemical called dms that makes beer BITTER!!!!! if it doesn't get boiled out
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Old 02-04-2011, 05:21 AM   #6
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If you are doing extract brews you don't need to worry about DMS. leave the lid on a bit and it should boil easily.

 
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Old 02-04-2011, 05:27 AM   #7
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But be careful with that lid on! It can boil over pretty fast.

 
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Old 02-04-2011, 07:29 AM   #8
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Just did my first batch a little over a week ago and I had the same problem on the stove. So I put the lid on to get it to boil after a few drinks and was not being as vigilant as I should have. There is still brew grime on the stove that I gave up on trying to get off. For now on I'm going to use a propane burner outside and dial in my sober brew skills before I get my feel good brew skills on again haha.

 
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Old 02-04-2011, 08:07 AM   #9
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If you have one of those BBQ's with the side burner they usually burn hotter than the kitchen stove. Usually good enough for small batches. That's what I used when I first started off doing 5 gallon extract kits. Now that I'm doing all-grain with full boils though I've upgraded to the turkey burner.

 
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Old 02-04-2011, 04:26 PM   #10
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Well the first batch is done, in the carboy, all I can do now is wait and see what comes from my first try. Thanks for the idea's this will help me the next time around.



 
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