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Old 02-05-2012, 05:51 AM   #1
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I figured I would start out on my stove to keep everything nice in neat, I live in the country with no garage so outside is all dirt. I thought I could just brew inside until I saved up to pour a little slab, I need one anyways for the BBQ pit and what not but when I brought home my new 21 QT pot I'm not kind of thinking it won't work out. It fits on it but it just doesn't seem like it's going to be very effective, not to sure but it only cost me 20 bucks.

My girlfriend picked me up a smoker as an early valentines day present and I noticed a turkey fryer that came with a 30 QT aluminum pot for only 30 bucks more than what my pot cost me, not to bad, only downside is I have to buy a propane tank but those can't be to expensive off craigslist.

Well here's some pics if you can make out how big the pot is compared to my burner let me know what yall think. Either way I won't be out to much money I just want what will work out best.




 
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Old 02-05-2012, 06:09 AM   #2
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My guess is that that burner will have a hard time boiling 3 gal of Wort.

 
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Old 02-05-2012, 06:12 AM   #3
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Yeah that's what I was thinking. I might end up just taking it back tomorrow and picking up the turkey fryer, I have to go back and get a pyrex measuring cup anyways, and some football food. Hopefully I will get enough advice to make a good decision by that time lol

 
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Old 02-05-2012, 06:14 AM   #4
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I brewed my first 5 batches with a very similar set-up. It just takes a while to get to a boil, but it should work. The only problem with your set-up is the chance that it can scorch. You have to keep the burner on high to maintain/start a boil, and that can cause some scorching problems. Stir often and do late extract additions to help.. I would consider the propane, because you will likely want to take things to the next level, anyway.
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Old 02-05-2012, 06:39 AM   #5
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FWIW, I'm currently boiling 6.5 gallons in a 10 gallon pot on my electric stove (all-grain biab). I think you'll be fine with your setup long enough to get a hang of the brewing process.

Also, my pot cost me $32 at winco.

 
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Old 02-05-2012, 07:04 AM   #6
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i have been using the stove for my first 2 batches.. it works, just takes a little while to get to a boil.. next step will be the fryer with propane for me

 
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Old 02-05-2012, 07:29 AM   #7
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Costco sells propane tanks for 25 bucks plus about 11 to fill it up. Not sure if you've got one around you
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Old 02-05-2012, 07:42 AM   #8
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I'm not to worried about propane it can't be to bad, atleast I dont see myself having to refill it enough for it to be a problem. I really want the fryer because then I can alsouse It for crablegs and crawfish lol I really just liked the idea of brewing inside. I guess worse come to worse if I get the fryer I could just throw it on the stove if I feel like trying an inside brew.

 
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Old 02-05-2012, 08:44 AM   #9
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Get the turkey fryer. You can get a Blue Rhino at just about any grocery store, and it's only ~$20 when you get a "refill". 30 qts will also let you do either full boil extract or 5 gal AG. It is so much more flexible. FWIW, I can get 4-5 10 gal boils (w/ AG mashing and sparges) out of a blue rhino tank before I need another. I have a 55K BTU Bayou Classic burner. PROpane = NOpain.
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Old 02-05-2012, 11:19 AM   #10
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I also suggest getting a propane burner. I'm no Hank Hill, but after my second stove top batch (when In had trouble reaching a boil) I decided a propane burner was the way to go. I haven't looked back since.
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