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Old 12-19-2011, 04:14 PM   #1
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Do you cover your wort when boiling/keeping a boil? I don't know if my stove struggles or what but doesn't seem to keep a boil if it's open..

I saw a nice Banjo propane cooker at LHBS for $100. Does anyone use these? do you brew outside? It costs a little but I'll also be able to get a 42qt pot and I shouldn't need anything more than that for a while.. worth it?


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Old 12-19-2011, 04:19 PM   #2
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$100 bucks! Wow that's steep. Amazon has Bayou Classic SQ-14 model for somewhere between $40-$50. SP-10 is also a popular model & may be a bit cheaper too.

Definitely upgrade, the lid needs to be off to boil away any DMS.


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FYI - You do NOT want to cover your wort while it's boiling.

You should be able to pick up an outdoor turkey fryer setup for under $60 if you look around.

The reason you do not want to cover your kettle is that the steam coming out of the kettle contains DMS precursors, which will fall back into your wort if you cover it. These precursors will cause DMS flavor issues later, which you generally do not want.

I usually try and place the kettle over 2 burners if I am working in the kitchen. But the turkey fryer system is quite capable of maintaining a HARD boil.
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$100 bucks! Wow that's steep. Amazon has bayou classic sq-14 model for somewhere between $40-$50. Sp-10 is also a popular model & may be a bit cheaper too.

Definitely upgrade, the lid needs to be off to boil away any dms.
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Should have stated a partial cover, but looks like upgrading it is. Thanks for those burners the sq-14 looks like the winner. I can't get over two burners on my stove, stupid design.

Question on the brew kettle; the LHBS has a 42 qt but without a spicket for ~$80, is it worth it to spend a little extra for a valve? like this one
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I always wonder how people cool down those pots with the valves on them. You have to lift them anyway to put them in a bath. I would imagine it would get submerged in ice water and then require sanitizing before transfer. I boiled 5 gallons the other day and just dumped it into my bucket from about 2 feet away. The material gushed all over the bucket and created a nice foamy lather. Didn't need to aerate it afterward. Just a thought.
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I always wonder how people cool down those pots with the valves on them. You have to lift them anyway to put them in a bath. I would imagine it would get submerged in ice water and then require sanitizing before transfer. I boiled 5 gallons the other day and just dumped it into my bucket from about 2 feet away. The material gushed all over the bucket and created a nice foamy lather. Didn't need to aerate it afterward. Just a thought.
Most setups with a valve use a chiller instead of an ice bath. Personally i use the no chill method. I think a valve is extremely important for safety. Moving 5+ gallons of near boiling liquid seems like it would only be a matter of time before an accident happens.

Just my $.02 though.
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Most setups with a valve use a chiller instead of an ice bath. Personally i use the no chill method. I think a valve is extremely important for safety. Moving 5+ gallons of near boiling liquid seems like it would only be a matter of time before an accident happens.

Just my $.02 though.
Do you mean that you just pour the contents into one of those water storage jugs and wait?
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Do you mean that you just pour the contents into one of those water storage jugs and wait?
I let the wort cool to 180 ish, open the valve and let it pour into my ale pail (through silicone tubing not plastic) and seal it. The next morning i make sure the temp is low enough, aerate and pitch.
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Check out Lowes/Home Depot this time of year. I saw a turkey fryer with a 42 quart aluminum pot on clearance for $39.99. I dont even need it and I almost scooped it up at that price. I think the brand was Brinkman?

If you want a valve it should be easy enough to drill a hole and install a weldless bulkhead.


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