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Old 05-29-2007, 09:56 PM   #1
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Hello, im new to brewing, doing my primary research and have a question. Is it stupid to try to be a brewer if you live in an apartment. There is only 4 apartments, its not like im on a 20 story condo, but i just wanted to see if there are any other full indoor brewers out there? I have a complete extra bedroom to dedicate to brewing and a stove in the kitchen, but is it a good idea??? thanks for info

 
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Old 05-29-2007, 10:14 PM   #2
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i brew on my stove top. but i wouldn't use the portable propane burner indoors if that is what you are thinking. my batches are small enough to get a vigorous boil going at stovetop temps. if you are doing larger ones, maybe outdoors is best.
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Old 05-29-2007, 10:18 PM   #3
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I bought a turkey fryer to brew outside, but I haven't used it. I LIKE brewing on my stovetop and mashing in my kitchen. I can do it because I have a big kitchen and use my island and chairs for my "sculpture" and my gas range can boil 7 gallons of wort. I think most people would not have it so easy indoors- but you can do it. If you have a stove that can bring 7 gallons of wort to a boil, you can brew full batches indoors. If your stove isn't as powerful, you can do extract batches with steeping grains for 5 gallon batches, or do smaller AG batches. Where there's a will, there's a way!
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Old 05-29-2007, 10:18 PM   #4
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i just want to do 5 gallon brews, is that ok for the stove

 
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Old 05-29-2007, 10:21 PM   #5
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i want to do a few extract brews before learning and trying all grain, but all grain is my goal of course. so 5 gallon extracts is fine for the stove, and when i go all grain i need to go propane outside? I could easily buy a propane burner and do my boil outside of the apartment if needed but i would like to stay indoors just due to the old holy rollers that probaly would not approve lol.

 
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Old 05-29-2007, 10:22 PM   #6
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If you have a pot that can hold 5g, fill it with water and see if you can get it to a rolling boil.

If you can't then extract with specialty grains is possible.

You would only be boiling 1.5 - 2.5 gallons and adding the remainder of the water to top off at a 5g. batch.
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Old 05-29-2007, 10:22 PM   #7
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i just want to do 5 gallon brews, is that ok for the stove
depends on your stove. and if you are doing full or partial boils. I started on my stove while i was in college doing extract partial boils of 5 gallon batches. Worked fine, until you have a boil over. Good luck.

 
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Old 05-29-2007, 10:36 PM   #8
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Yes, absolutely you can do 5 gal AG on the stove. You will probably need two 5 gallon pots, though. Click here to see my 5 gal system in action in the kitchen. I prefer to do my boils on the deck with the turkey fryer and one big kettle, but in the winter in Canada that isn't really practical. This setup works fine.

I even rigged up a steam injection system to do multi-step temperature rests in the mash, and everything runs off the stovetop. Details of the gear are in my sig.

 
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Old 05-29-2007, 10:44 PM   #9
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A standard gas stove should have no problem boiling 5 gallons. It may be difficult with electric.

Key point: to make good 5 gallon batches you DO NOT have to boil 5 gallons (extract brews).

 
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Exactly- when you do extract batches (and these make good beer, too!), you only need to get approx. 2.5 gallons to a rolling boil. My stove can bring 7 gallons to a boil- but most people can not do this!

If you know the type of beer you want to brew, and an idea of how much your stove can reasonably boil, we can give you some specifics on how to do it.
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