Thanks for the advice. I'm bottling a pale ale next week and I'll try it out.
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Good thing I attempted a dry run yesterday. My stove, even with two burners going, isn't powerful enough to bring 5+ gallons to a boil. Guess this gives me an excuse to buy a propane stand...
Just make sure you buy wisely with forethought. You can avoid another expensive system upgrade later. I'd suggest deciding on what you want exactly and planning/purchasing accordingly.
Of course the forethought often requires past experience which is a catch-22 if you are still starting out. You can post another topic asking for advice in this area- we'll give you more than enough info.
Have you measured your boil-off rate? You should be able to change the factor to represent your own particular rate. There's also absorption in the hops but it is minimal unless using a bunch.