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Old 11-11-2012, 11:51 PM   #1
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Default Which came first, the wort chiller or the turkey fryer?

Got $50 burning a hole in my pocket. Do I buy a turkey fryer set up or make a wort chiller? I'm kit and kilo right now, but a real HBS opened up within range, and I'm leaning towards moving on to bigger things....


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Old 11-11-2012, 11:56 PM   #2
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I vote MLT and wait a couple weeks til everyon puts there turkey fryers on craigslist cheap... that way you can do both


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Old 11-11-2012, 11:58 PM   #3
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A chiller first! Using a turkey fryer is great, and will allow full boils of the wort. The thing is, if you can't chill 5 gallons of boiling wort, then a full boil isn't very practical.

But if you have a chiller, you can use it even on a smaller boil to chill the wort fast and do late additions of the bulk of the extract and that would work great.
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I made my chiller myself, for under 25usd. I would go with the chiller and wait for after the Christmas for the fryer.Sam's Club has a 9 gallon for 69 usd right now, after the term of the year, the leftover stock drops to 49.
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Why does a chiller help with a late extract addition? I'm not saying it doesn't, just an honest question.
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Never mind. You're saying to not worry about partial boil, just do late addition to make up for it. I think. Sorry for the pointless post.
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Never mind. You're saying to not worry about partial boil, just do late addition to make up for it. I think. Sorry for the pointless post.
It's NEVER pointless to ask a question! Because I think my post was poorly worded.

I prefer full boils. But if you can't do a full boil, doing a partial boil with adding the late extract addition is a pretty good facsimile. You can still use a wort chiller to chill a partial boil, so it's still useful, and then buy a turkey fryer burner in the future after you have the chiller. I hope that is a somewhat better explanation of what I was trying to say!
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Perfect. Thanks again, Yooper. You're a wealth of knowledge. I actually do the late addition move because of your recommendation in other threads.
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A chiller first! Using a turkey fryer is great, and will allow full boils of the wort. The thing is, if you can't chill 5 gallons of boiling wort, then a full boil isn't very practical.

But if you have a chiller, you can use it even on a smaller boil to chill the wort fast and do late additions of the bulk of the extract and that would work great.
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You definitely want to chiller first.
You manage to get it hot enough right now, but efficient cooling is very important and you can't do that yet.


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