I only started brewing last July and have a modest 7 batches under my belt. I gotta admit it has been a blast and a hell of a learning process. Each batch has gotten better and my friends/parents have loved my beer.
For Christmas I got a turkey fryer kit to take my brewing to the next step. My 1st 2 attempts using the fryer resulted in volumes that were way off and an OG either 10 points to high to 10 points to low. Not to mention i was having boil overs like crazy in my 7.5 gallon pot.
Well finally I got dialed in on the 3rd attempt. I was able to hit the sweet spot on my burner and kept a great rolling boil going the entire time. I didn't have the threats of constant boil overs like before and I hit my OG/volumes on the nose (even if i topped off with 1/3rd gallon of water). I still need to dial in the total water amount to start with in order to balance it with the LME additions.
Woke up this morning to a bubbling air lock. That IPA is gonna be delicious!!!
Next purchase will be something to keep my fermentation temps under control during the summer.