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Offline bluefoxicy

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Boil kettle too big, not enough fire.
« on: August 11, 2012, 02:26:18 PM »
I got the 10 gallon Megapot but because my stove is weak the boil kettle is ridiculously hard to get to boil (you have to cover the pot, mostly, pried one end up with the thermometer).  It won't go above exactly 200F somehow.

Anyone have any insightful ways to handle this?  Is it just a matter of throwing the lid most of the way on?

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Re: Boil kettle too big, not enough fire.
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2012, 02:32:55 PM »
Larger heat source.
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Re: Boil kettle too big, not enough fire.
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2012, 02:40:47 PM »
Larger heat source.
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 Or find a way to insulate.
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Re: Boil kettle too big, not enough fire.
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2012, 02:59:27 PM »
Get a turkey fryer and cook outdoors.  You can get them alone or with accessories such as a 30 qt stock pot.  Retailers such as Bass Pro, Cabela's Galyan's etc. usually have good deals.  Amazon, EBay and Craigslist would probably have good deals too.
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Re: Boil kettle too big, not enough fire.
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2012, 03:24:15 PM »
Holy s***, you brew?!
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Re: Boil kettle too big, not enough fire.
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2012, 03:32:04 PM »
If brewing outdoors isn't an option, you could scale down to a four-gallon batch and see if you can get that to a boil. If that works, then you can either brew smaller batches or do split boils for part of the brew session.
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Re: Boil kettle too big, not enough fire.
« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2012, 03:49:08 PM »
If you are only making 5-gal batches, get a smaller brewpot.  A bigger brewpot than necessary only wastes energy.  I hear people use fermcap to prevent boilovers.  It may allow you to minimize your brewpot size.
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Re: Boil kettle too big, not enough fire.
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2012, 03:51:33 PM »
If it is am electric stove I'd seriously consider insulation around the pot.
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Re: Boil kettle too big, not enough fire.
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2012, 04:37:24 PM »
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Re: Boil kettle too big, not enough fire.
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2012, 08:15:38 PM »
Is this the first ever brewing-related BFI thread?... If so...

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Re: Boil kettle too big, not enough fire.
« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2012, 05:53:05 AM »
Can your pot straddle two burners? And +1 on the insulation. Once you get it boiling while completely covered you can crack the lid with a spoon to let steam and any DMS escape.
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Re: Boil kettle too big, not enough fire.
« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2012, 09:16:46 AM »
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Re: Boil kettle too big, not enough fire.
« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2012, 09:46:51 AM »
Is this the first ever brewing-related BFI thread?... If so...

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