Upgrading to full boil and AG, possible in kitchen - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Upgrading to full boil and AG, possible in kitchen

Thread Tools
Old 01-16-2013, 08:34 AM   #1
Jan 2013
Posts: 38

I live in an apt so cant take my brewery outdoors. Im doing 5 gal extract batches now in a 5 gal pot. First thing is I want to upgrade to full boil, then to all grain batch sparging. My question is has anyone else had luck doing this in thier kitchen, I just don't think my burner can crank out that kind of heating power. Also how big of a kettle do I need to do a full boil?

Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2013, 08:40 AM   #2
tally350z's Avatar
May 2011
Tallahassee, FL
Posts: 1,288
Liked 90 Times on 75 Posts

I did 5 gallon all grain batches in my 10 gallon pot on my stove. I had to use 2 burners under the pot and it still took about 35 minutes to get to a boil.
Toasting Tortoise Brewery
Primary - Smoked Belgium
- Burton IPA, Munich Lager, Cream Ale
Bottled - Muscadine Port, Imperial Stout

North Florida Brewers League

Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2013, 11:28 AM   #3
May 2012
Davie, FL
Posts: 107
Liked 6 Times on 4 Posts

Lots of poeple do full boil bathes on their stove but most of them do smaller batches due to the lenght of time it would take to boil a full 5 gallons or that they have height limitations for kettles. The size of your kettle will depend on the size batch you do. I have a 30qt (7.5 gal) kettle I use on my turkey fryer and do full boils for 5 gallon batches. I would'nt go with any smaller of a kettle though because I like the amount of room left on top to help prevent boilovers. This same pot would never fit on my stove because the microwave/hood is placed directly above my stove and I wouldn't be able to take the lid off, stir the wort, or put in a chiller. If you are dead set on a full boil just make smaller batches. If you want to keep doing 5 gallon batches topoff with cold water, which would help cool it to pitching temps faster as well. Even when I do full boils for 5 gal batches I usually have to add a small amount of top off water anyway because of evaporation.

Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2013, 11:32 AM   #4
Calichusetts's Avatar
Nov 2011
Plymouth, MA
Posts: 3,017
Liked 505 Times on 303 Posts

Maybe try 3.5 gallon batches...it would be tight and I don't know your boil off but you should get it all in there and be okay.

Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2013, 11:39 AM   #5
Ale's What Cures You!
Yooper's Avatar
Jun 2006
UP of Michigan, Winter Texan
Posts: 69,885
Liked 8090 Times on 5646 Posts

I was able to- but I had a great gas stove with one huge burner. It still took a long time to come to a boil, but it worked out very well for me. I think in most cases, though, many people don't have stoves that can boil 6.25 gallons of wort!
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2013, 12:02 PM   #6
Jan 2013
Posts: 38

Yeah space isnt a problem in my kitchen as my stove has nothing above it and plenty of counter space to either side. Just the heating ability of my stove im just doubtful of. Is a 7.5 or 10 gal kettle usually wide enough to span over two burners

Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2013, 12:17 PM   #7
Sep 2011
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [PA]
Posts: 369
Liked 81 Times on 53 Posts

My 9 gal bayou classic kettle just barely spans two burners but sizes vary so you should measure your own burners. I use two 9k btu gas burners to get 7gal boiling in about an hour with the lid on. Keep in mind that an oversized boil kettle will lose more heat and make it harder to achieve a boil.

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
full boils on kitchen gas stove scottab General Techniques 16 11-19-2012 07:17 PM
half batch full boil same as full batch partial boil? Firechicken Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 10-15-2012 09:53 PM
Advice on Upgrading my Boil Kettle gmcastil Equipment/Sanitation 8 04-02-2012 12:47 PM
Upgrading to Full Boil! Questions... Bioguy1975 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 13 04-23-2010 12:56 PM
anyone full boil on a kitchen stove squeekysheep Equipment/Sanitation 15 07-16-2008 06:40 PM

Forum Jump